When and where: November 8, 2019, Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, 8:00 PM ET
After losing to the Houston Rockets, the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors face another tough road stop on Friday night in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the return of star center Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday, the Timberwolves can’t use injuries as an excuse for dropping their second loss in a row to the Memphis Grizzlies. Heads will start to turn if they can’t take care of business against the Warriors at home.
Sinking ship continues for the WarriorsThe violins might be playing as the Titanic sinks for the Warriors, but it would be a huge mistake to consider them lost in an ocean full of Western Conference contenders. They’re still clinging to their life raft, waiting and watching for an opportunity to reclaim their throne.
That chance is obviously a long ways off as they continue to fight through the injury bug that has claimed all of their marquee players. On Wednesday, they dropped a 129-112 loss to the Rockets with a bunch of unrecognizable faces on the floor.
They’ll continue to play short-handed against the Timberwolves on Friday. No Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on the floor has eliminated the splash concept altogether. This Warriors team doesn’t even have D’Angelo Russell. So you can expect another long night of the team attempting to go blow-for-blow on offense with a Timberwolves team averaging 116.7 points per game.
If only the Warriors had the defensive presence to at least affect their shooting percentage.
Minnesota may not be the most efficient team on offense, but they are finding ways to get buckets when they matter. It helps when they are dominating the boards and cashing in on second-chance shooting opportunities.
Towns can’t save the Timberwolves in his returnNot even a returning Karl-Anthony Towns could save the Timberwolves for laying a giant egg on the road against the Grizzlies.
Towns and guard Andrew Wiggins combined for 55 points, and it still wasn’t even close to being enough to overcome the Grizzlies in a 121-137 loss. A one-man circus wasn’t enough when Towns was suspended and Wiggins did all of the heavy lifting. Now that he has returned, the two-man circus is failing equally as hard.
At least there shouldn’t be a scoring problem in Friday’s game against a depleted Warriors team.
Even with the big-three sidelined, Golden State could at least depend on Russell to pad an offensive stat sheet to make games look more competitive. With the star guard now watching from the sidelines, this is one of the few games where a two-man circus should be more than enough to get the job done.
The Warriors ranking dead last in defensive efficiency should also open up the floor for other players to get buckets. On the defensive end of the floor, the Timberwolves shouldn’t be particularly drawn to any one player outside of rookie Eric Paschall, who is averaging 17.0 points per game. If the Timberwolves can’t shut down the rookie-led Warriors at home, they have even bigger problems than they originally thought.
They could be without their two point guards for this game. Jeff Teague is listed as questionable with an illness, while Shabazz Napier is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Warriors are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Warriors are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Warriors are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Warriors are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against teams in the NBA Pacific.