Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 12/10/18: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
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Last time the Warriors faced Minnesota, it was before the Jimmy Butler trade, and although Minnesota is sitting at .500 currently, they are looking like an improved team, and just as the Warriors are getting their defensive ace back, the Timberwolves are also expected to get Robert Covington back.
The last game was a 17-point win for Golden State as the healthy Warriors, behind Kevin Durant’s 33 points and 13 rebounds, dispatched a Timberwolves team with injuries to both Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose.
Minnesota will be looking to exact revenge tonight in the second meeting, but it won’t be easy with the Warriors’ big four healthy again.
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Channel: NBCS Bay Area/Fox Sports North
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
It was a strange sight seeing the Warriors not sitting atop the Western Conference, but with Stephen Curry back in tow, and now Green set to return, I’m not sure you’ll see that for the remainder of the season, as the Warriors took first place back winning six of their last eight games.
The Warriors are coming off a huge win , topping the Milwaukee Bucks 104-95. The Warriors were able to get going early and their defense kept Milwaukee under 100 points for the first time in 24 games.
Aside from Curry, Thompson and Durant playing well recently, Andre Iguodala has made the most of his minutes and was a difference-maker against Milwaukee with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Green seems to be elated to be given the “all clear” for tonight’s game and has already talked about going after the Defensive Player of the Year Award, even after missing the last 11 games.
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
Minnesota is currently 13-13 in a crowded Western Conference. They’ve won six of their last ten games, and seemed to be on a roll until their recent loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Damian Lillard scored 28 points on them without Covington and he knocked down a tie-breaking three with just under a minute to go. Having Covington back should help, but his return comes on a night where the Timberwolves will be faced with several tough defensive matchups.
However, there’s no denying that even though Minnesota traded one the league’s premier perimeter defenders, they seem to be better on the defensive end since acquiring Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless. They’ve been better at stopping shot attempts in the paint and have defended the fast break far more effectively.
Just exactly how much they’ve improved in that department will be put to the test tonight against the defending NBA champions.
Warriors vs. Timberwolves Betting Odds
The Warriors opened up as heavy -10.5 favorites for tonight’s game, but that odds are now at -10. The over/under is 229 points.
The moneyline opened at -750 for the Warriors and there has been some slight movement. Currently it is at -700.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Kevin Durant was practically unstoppable last time these two teams met, and FanDuel projects him for a 48.84 point night. His salary is $10,300.
Towns is the stud pick for Minnesota. He’s expected to shake off a rough performance against Portland. Hs is $9.900 on FanDuel and projected for 43.08 points.
Klay Thompson is an easy value pick because he consistently puts up the numbers, including a 20-point game against Portland. His salary is $6,800 on FanDuel and he is projected to rack up 30.79 points.
For Minnesota, Covington’s return should have an impact. His salary on FanDuel is $6,900 and he is projected for 26.17 points against the Warriors.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.