The NBA is ready for a busy Wednesday night. Twelve games are on the board for December 19, which should provide plenty of excitement. One of these games will be between the Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both of these teams have struggled recently but will look to bounce back with a win on Wednesday night.
The Pistons have started out the season with a record of 14-14, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Detroit has lost seven of their last eight games. The Pistons have been struggling recently, but could get a solid win on the road to help them get back on track.
Minnesota have gone 14-16 to start out the season. The Timberwolves are currently in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota won their last game against the Sacramento Kings, but have lost four of their last five. The Western Conference has been extremely competitive this season, which means that the Timberwolves needs to turn it around if they want to stay in the playoff race.
Wednesday night’s game will be the first of two matchups between the Pistons and the Timberwolves this season. Detroit and Minnesota will meet one more time on March 6. These two teams are both in separate conferences, which means they don’t see much of each other, so I would not be surprised if this game could go either way.
Last Season’s Matchups
The Pistons and the Timberwolves met up twice last season as well. The first game was hosted by Detroit. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins added another 21 points. Tobias Harris had a big night for the Pistons, scoring 34. The Pistons starting lineup combined for 94 points, which was able to give Detroit a 122-101 win.
Minnesota hosted the second game of the season series. Jimmy Butler had solid numbers, scoring 26 points and added 10 rebounds in front of the home crowd. Andrew Wiggins dropped 24 points for the Timberwolves. Andre Drummond put up 20 points and 16 rebounds. Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley each scored 18 points in route to a 100-97 win for the Pistons.
Detroit was able to sweep the season series 2-0 last season. The Pistons missed out on the playoffs last season, while the Timberwolves were able to sneak in. Detroit has won the last six games against Minnesota and they will look to keep it going with another win on the road on Wednesday night. The Timberwolves will look to get another winning streak started to try and keep it close in the Western Conference standings.
Detroit has avoided most serious injuries this season. The Pistons are missing some depth with Henry Ellenson, Glenn Robinson and Ish Smith out for Wednesday night’s matchup against Minnesota. Smith has been a solid bench Point Guard, averaging 9.2 points and 3 rebounds per game. Robinson has started in 16 of the Pistons games, while Ellenson has come in off the bench in his two appearances.
The Timberwolves, like Detroit, has avoided most injuries this season. Minnesota has been without Jerryd Bayless this season and his return could strengthen the depth on the Timberwolves roster. Minnesota could also be missing Jeff Teague on Wednesday night. Teague has been averaging 11.5 points and 8.3 assists per game in his 23 starts this season.
Both teams have some injuries, but neither team is missing any super key players. The Pistons are playing without some of their depth players which stings. The Timberwolves are missing their starting Point Guard, but Derrick Rose has done well in his absence.
Blake Griffin has been the star for the Pistons this season. Griffin is averaging 25.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season. Andre Drummond has averaged 18 points and 15.5 rebounds per game this season. Reggie Jackson is averaging 15 points per game at the Point Guard spot. Reggie Bullock has averaged 11.1 points per game.
The Timberwolves leader has been Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns is averaging 21.4 points and 12 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose has averaged 18.5 points per game this season, which is one of his better seasons in recent memory. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 16.3 points per game this season. Robert Covington has been averaging 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game since coming over from Philadelphia earlier in the season.
Wednesday night’s game will likely be a constant battle in the paint. Detroit has Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond running the big man spots for them, while the Timberwolves have one of the best Centers in the league in Karl-Anthony Towns. I believe that this will lead to an exciting matchup. Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose could also have an exciting battle on the outside.
Minnesota is coming in off of a solid win, while the Pistons are looking to finally turn around their losing streak. Detroit has a solid pair of big men, that could slow down Karl-Anthony Towns and put up big numbers in the paint. The Pistons have been doing really well against Minnesota in recent memory and I believe they will have a good chance to keep that streak going on Wednesday night.
BetOnline has the Timberwolves listed as a -5.5 against the spread. Detroit has been doing well against the spread recently even though they have been losing. I believe that this is another game that the Pistons could at least cover. I believe that Detroit has a good chance to pull off the upset against Minnesota to help pull them out of the slump. I am taking the Pistons with the points on the road.