The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout Saturday. Ten games will be up on the board throughout April 11. One of these games will be between the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have struggled a bit throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has started out this season with a record of 22-29, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are two and a half games ahead of the Toronto Raptors, who are outside of the playoff picture. Chicago is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak. The Bulls will look to bounce back in this one.
The Timberwolves have put up a record of 13-40 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifteenth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota has struggled to find any momentum throughout this season. The Timberwolves have lost two straight games and four of their last five. Minnesota will look to grab a win in this one.
These two teams have not been great this season, but the Bulls are in a much better position right now. Chicago is still in a playoff spot, while Minnesota is in last place of the West. The Timberwolves have not been able to get going once again this season, but they will look to play for pride down the stretch. The Bulls will look to hold onto their playoff spot with a win in this one.
The Bulls and the Timberwolves met up twice throughout last season. Chicago hosted the first game of the season series on January 22. Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 40 points, while Andrew Wiggins finished with 25 points. Zach LaVine put up 25 points on the night and Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points. The Bulls were able to hold on for a 117-110 win at home.
Minnesota hosted the second game of the season series on March 4. Coby White put up 26 points off the bench, while Shaquille Harrison scored 17 points. Malik Beasley dropped 24 points and D’Angelo Russell put up 19 points. Naz Reid finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Timberwolves to a 115-108 win to tie up the season series.
The first game of this season’s series between these two teams was on February 24 in Chicago. Malik Beasley scored 25 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns put up 24 points. Anthony Edwards dropped 21 points, but it was not enough. Zach LaVine finished with 35 points and Coby White earned 20 points. Tomas Satoransky added 16 points off the bench as the Bulls won 133-126 in overtime.
These two teams have not been great the last few seasons, but they have played in some exciting games with each other. Both teams split the season series last season, each winning at home. The Bulls will look to sweep this season’s series with a win on Sunday. Chicago needed overtime to earn a win in their last outing and will look for a better finish in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Chicago has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Bulls have been able to shoot 48 percent from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Chicago has made around 37 percent of their shots from deep, which is 12th in the league. The Bulls have sunk 80.4 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 6th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have not been good shooting the ball at all this season. Minnesota has been shooting 44.2 percent from the field this season, which is 28th in the league. The Timberwolves have drained 34.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 26th in the NBA. Minnesota has made 77.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 18th in the league.
The Bulls have been much better shooting the ball throughout this season, but both teams have not been great on defense. Chicago has held their opponents to a 47.6 percent from the field, which is 25th in the NBA. The Timberwolves have allowed opposing teams to shoot 48.3 percent from the field, which is 29th in the league.
Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic have been playing well for the Bulls this season. LaVine has averaged 27.5 points per game. Vucevic is averaging 23 points and 10.5 rebounds in his first eight games with Chicago. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 16 points, while Coby White is averaging 14.5 points. Thaddeus Young has averaged 12.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been the leader for Minnesota throughout this campaign. Towns is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell has averaged 19.5 points per game, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 18 points in his rookie campaign. Naz Reid has averaged 11 points per game to help off the bench.
The Timberwolves are without Malik Beasley and Jaylen Nowell in this one, which hurts their already struggling lineup. Chicago will look for their depth to take over in this one as they look for a big win on the road. The Bulls have a deeper team this season and they will have a chance to use it to their advantage. Minnesota will need players to step up in this one if they want to avoid taking another loss.
Chicago has been the better team this season and will look to earn a big win against the Timberwolves on Sunday night. The Bulls need to capitalize in games like this one if they want to keep their playoff spot. Chicago has been much better shooting the ball this season and I think that their depth will help lift them to a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Bulls listed as a -5 against the money line in this one. This gives a solid edge to Chicago on the road. I agree with this line with how inconsistent Minnesota has been this season. The Bulls have picked up their game a bit with the addition on Vucevic. I think Chicago will come out fast in this one to earn a big win on the road.