It’s an interconference battle on the parquet floor in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Washington Wizards are on the road as they prepare to clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night. Washington was dropped 140-133 on the road by Boston Wednesday night in their previous contest. Minnesota came up with a 129-114 home triumph over San Antonio in their last contest Wednesday night. The Wizards lead the all-time regular-season series 32-26 but the Timberwolves have claimed the last two meetings. That includes a 131-109 road win in the first matchup this season on November 2.
Washington Wizards Hope to Earn Season SplitWashington had another big offensive performance go to waste as their defense proved to let them down in Beantown. The Wizards entered Thursday in the basement of the Southeast Division, five games behind the Heat. Washington trailed by two at the half and grabbed their last lead at 69-68 on an Isaiah Thomas three-pointer in the opening seconds of the second half. The Wizards quickly gave up a 12-2 run to trail 80-71 and never got closer than three the rest of the way. Washington shot 52.1 percent from the field, including 11 of 29 from beyond the arc, and lost the rebounding battle 44-36. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 44 points and six assists in the loss.
The Wizards enter this contest eighth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 115.6 points per game on the year. Washington is 25th in rebounding as they collect 42.9 boards per contest and are fifth by dishing out 26 assists per contest. The Wizards have been a sieve defensively, ranking 27th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 120 points per game. Bradley Beal leads the team with 28.1 points and 6.4 assists per game on the season. Isaiah Thomas puts up 13.9 points plus 6.3 assists a night while rookie Rui Hachimura adds 14.4 points and 5.9 boards a night. Davis Bertans (11.8 points), Thomas Bryant (14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds) and Moritz Wagner (10.9 points) are all averaging in double figures. The Wizards need more from Ish Smith and Isaac Bonga if those two are going to remain in the starting lineup. Washington is tied for 11th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.1 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Wizards are tied for 13th in the league in threes per game as they drain 12.1 triples a night while the team stands tied for 17th in three-point shooting by hitting 34.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Minnesota Timberwolves Look to Stay HotMinnesota won their second straight and their third in the last four games as they rolled past San Antonio at home in their last game. The Timberwolves entered Thursday third in the Northwest Division, one game behind the Jazz. Minnesota led by two after the opening quarter and six at the half only to see San Antonio come back to tie the game midway through the third quarter. The Timberwolves went on an 11-2 run to go up 94-85 and held San Antonio at bay the rest of the way. Minnesota shot 49.5 percent from the field, knocked down 11 of 34 from three-point range, and drained 28 of 34 at the charity stripe in the win. Andrew Wiggins finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win.
a good way to start the home stretch— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 14, 2019
Wiggs - 30 PTS / 7 AST / 8 REB / +24
KAT - 28 PTS / 4 AST / 11 REB / +19
Teague - 18 PTS / 6 AST / 2 REB / +11 pic.twitter.com/dFnsfZcA0W
The Timberwolves enter this one fourth in the league in scoring offense as they average 117.2 points per game this season. Minnesota is seventh in the league in rebounding as they collect 47.4 boards per contest and 18th as they dish out 23.9 assists per game. The Timberwolves are 25th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 116.2 points per contest. Karl-Anthony Towns is second on the team with 25.8 points, 12 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins contributes 25.9 points a night, Jeff Teague puts up 13.9 points plus 6.3 assists a night while Robert Covington (11.8 points) and Josh Okogie (8.5 points) are solid scoring options as well. Minnesota is 24th in field goal percentage as they shoot 44 percent from the floor this season. The Timberwolves are 12th by knocking down 12.3 threes per game while the team is 28th by shooting only 30.9 percent from beyond the arc as a team this season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Wizards are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Wizards are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Wizards are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Timberwolves are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southeast Division teams
- Timberwolves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games