Minnesota Timberwolves (15-43) vs. Sacramento Kings (23-34)
Two teams struggling will square off when the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, 124-105. That was their 12th loss in their last 18 games. Sacramento defeated Dallas on Sunday, 121-107, snapping a nine-game losing streak. Minnesota and Sacramento square off on Tuesday evening, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest.
Sacramento is favored by 4.0-points in this game. The Timberwolves defeated Sacramento the last time these two teams met (April 5), 116-106. Minnesota is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings.
Timberwolves Rally Comes Up Way ShortMinnesota outscored Los Angeles by 16 in the final quarter, but could not overcome a 35-point deficit in a 124-105 loss to the Clippers. Anthony Edwards led Minnesota in scoring with 23 points and added six rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns added 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists. The Timberwolves shot 40.9% from the field but missed 28 of 45 three-point attempts.
Minnesota is averaging 110.2 points per game while allowing 118.1 per contest, 29th overall. They are 29th in field-goal percentage at 44.1% and are hitting 34.9% of three-point attempts. However, the Timberwolves are third in steals (8.8) and fourth in blocked shots (5.6).
Towns leads Minnesota at 24.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He has a knee injury but is expected to play on Wednesday. Malik Beasley (19.6 ppg) is out. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19.0 points per game.
Second Quarter Surge Propels KingsSacramento outscored Dallas by 15 points in the second quarter on their way to a 121-107 victory, snapping their nine-game losing streak. De'aaron Fox led the way with 30 points and 12 assists, hitting 12 of 21 shots. Hassan Whiteside also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes scored 24 points on nine of 14 shooting. Sacramento hit 49.4% of their field-goal attempts and 45.8% of three-point attempts.
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Sacramento is ninth in the NBA in points per game at 114.3 but is 30th in points allowed per contest at 118.6. They are sixth in field-goal percentage at 48.2% and are hitting 36.0% of three-point attempts. The Kings are not a very good free-throw shooting team, 29th at 73.7%.
Fox leads the team at 25.3 points and 7.2 assists per game. Buddy Hield is second at 16.5 points per contest. The Kings will be without Richaun Holmes (14.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg) who will be out with a hand injury. Marvin Bagley (13.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is also out.
- 0-4 ATS in their last four games against teams with a winning percentage below 40%.
- 0-6 ATS in their last six games against teams with a losing record.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
With Holmes out for this game, I believe Minnesota has a real shot to win this game. This is a team that has struggled of late, but considering that their three most recent blowout losses were to Brooklyn, Milwaukee, and the Clippers, it is not surprising that this young team struggled. After all, these are three of the top six or seven teams in the league.
Sacramento finally snapped their nine-game losing streak, but they have a long way to go. I look for these young Timberwolves to have quite a performance as they down the Kings.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 237.5. I think that is far too many points. The Kings have gone under in five of their last six games at home against a team with a losing record on the road and have gone under in four of their last five games against teams with a losing record. They have also gone under in four straight games on a Wednesday.
Against top scoring teams like Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Miami, and the Clippers, the Timberwolves have gone under 237.5 in each of those contests. This is why I think that it is unlikely that they go over against Sacramento. No doubt that the Kings are a quality scoring team but, without two of their best players, this is not the same club.
Take Minnesota to win at the buzzer, 114-113.