Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves (21-24) and Phoenix Suns (11-36) began a home-and-home series in Minneapolis tonight as both teams are looking to end losing streaks.
The Timberwolves are currently 11th in the Western Conference, have lost their last two and have split their last 10 games. Phoenix is, and has been, dead last last in the West all season. They’ve lost three straight and are 2-8 in their last 10.
In their last matchup, it was Devin Booker’s 28 points and seven assists that led the Suns to one of their few victories of the season over Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 and 12, but it would not be enough back in mid-December.
Time: 7:00pm ET
Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Channel: FSA, FSNTH
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
While the recent schedule of the Timberwolves has been a daunting one, the Timberwolves’ issues seem to stem much deeper than that.
Towns has found himself in foul trouble quite a bit lately and especially late in games, his presence is needed. He fouled out against San Antonio prior to the Spurs closing the game with a 116-113 win. This also came one game after Philadelphia thrashed the Timberwolves.
Considering the Spurs were without DeMar DeRozan, you would have thought they would have an advantage playing at home against a team without arguably their best player.
Minnesota had no problems scoring, but defense became an issue, especially late in the game.
Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
At times, the Suns show signs of promise. They toppled the Denver Nuggets 102-93 last week but followed that by getting blasted 97-131 at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. They then came close in a game against the Raptors, before the Hornets beat them by 20 points last night.
The Suns already have a disadvantage being a road-weary team on the second game of a back-to-back.
The Suns players themselves have had bouts with inconsistency. Josh Jackson bookended a promising performance with two subpar performances. DeAndre Ayton has at times looked like a veteran center, and other times looks exactly like the rookie he is.
One positive note has been Kelly Oubre, who has been on quite a run since being acquired by Phoenix. He had 24 points against the Hornets and is starting to look like a consistent double-digit scorer for the Suns.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves are heavy favorites at -13 heading into tonight’s game. The over/under is 230 points and there has been quite a bit of movement on the moneyline. Minnesota is currently -1100 after opening at -600.
Minnesota is 15-8 at home and 13-9 as the favorite. Phoenix is 4-19 on the road and 10-34 as the underdog.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Karl-Anthony Towns ($10.3k) and Devin Booker ($8.1k) are fantasy studs for tonight’s game. Towns is projected for 54.97 points, and FanDuel has Booker pegged for 41.07 points.
Jeff Teague ($6.3k) and Kelly Oubre ($5.9k) are fantasy values. Teague is projected for 32.46 points, and Oubre is expected to continue his strong play of late with 26.57 points.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.