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#510 Minnesota Timberwolves -11.5
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Target Center, Minneapolis
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 Warriors

The 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 return

Not 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.

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The fall off the top of the mountain has been hard and harsh for the Warriors. There was a time when they were must-see basketball with stories of people showing up to the arena well in advance just to watch players warm up. That isn’t the case this season as all of those players are sidelined with injuries.

That’s good news for the Timberwolves after losing back-to-back games.

They’re in desperate need of an opponent they can bully on both ends of the court and get back on the winning track. There is no more perfect opponent than a Warriors team ranking in the bottom-half of the league in 3-point shooting percentage. That’s a devastating statistic for those that know how much the Warriors have prided themselves on shooting from long distance.

They’ve been reduced to a below-average team trying to make it work with a bunch of young bodies clumped together. Towns and Wiggins won’t need much help to put this game away. I’m taking the Timberwolves in another sad and lopsided affair for the Warriors.

Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves (-12)

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The Warriors will come into this game undermanned, but they are still figuring out ways to get their young guys rolling on offense. They have scored 110-plus points in five of their last six outings. It was especially shocking to see them recently drop 127 points on an expected playoff contender in the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Timberwolves should have their way on the floor with a Warriors defense giving up an average of 124.0 points per game on the road. They weren’t a great defensive team with all of their players at 100 percent. You can imagine how bad things have snowballed at this point. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.