The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors meet in San Francisco on Monday night at the Chase Center. The Timberwolves are just looking for something positive in this one, while the Warriors will be seeking a bounce back to form performance. Minnesota has been way out of form this season, but there isn’t much to expect from this squad. They finished last season with a record of 19-45 for next to last in the Western Conference.
What is there to expect out of the Timberwolves this season? Not much, so finding small positives here and there is a win in Minnesota. They head into Monday with a record of 4-11 for last place in the Western Conference. In other words, there hasn’t been many small wins for the Timberwolves to celebrate.
However, the Timberwolves were able to end a four-game losing streak on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans, so that was something for them to feel good about. Naz Reid led the Timberwolves in scoring with 20 points. It was a rare game where the depth showed up for the Timberwolves. There were six players that got into the double digits in the winning effort for Minnesota.
In their three other wins, they have victories over the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, and San Antonio Spurs. They completely blew things open and went into rebuild mode when Andrew Wiggins was traded away. The Timberwolves certainly weren’t winning anything with Wiggins there, so it was time to part ways with the native of Toronto. Wiggins continues to run hot and cold with the Warriors. That’s what you have to expect from him.
The Warriors are coming off a 127-108 loss against the Jazz on Saturday. They were unable to bounce back after a 119-104 loss against the New York Knicks. It looks like the Warriors got too comfortable after beating the Lakers, 115-113, and Spurs, 121-99. The Warriors were at their best in the come from behind win over the Lakers last week. Head below for our free Timberwolves vs. Warriors pick on January 25, 2021.
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The streaky nature of Andrew Wiggins really puts the Warriors in a bind. When Wiggins is cooking, then the Warriors can beat any team in the NBA. However, when he’s struggling, the Warriors are ripe for an upset. Stephen Curry can’t do it all alone, and why the consistent stroke of Klay Thompson is missed dearly. Wiggins has scored an average of 17.4 points and 5 rebounds per game. Take pressure off him with Thompson back in the lineup, and the Warriors are instantly very good again.
The Warriors are 15th in the NBA with 111.5 points per game. Their defense is 24th, with 115.1 points per game, but keep in mind that the return of Draymond Green has helped their defense out immensely. The defense has looked much better with Draymond, one of the best defenders in the NBA, on the court for Golden State. The defense has looked in better shape at home, where they’ve conceded 110.1 points per game.
They should be able to contain a Minnesota offense that is coming off their performance of the year against New Orleans. Minnesota is 25th in the NBA with 107.1 points scored per game. Their defense has presented holes in the 2020-21 campaign as well, with 115.8 points against for 26th in the league. Their defense gets much worse as a visitor, as they’ve conceded 121.3 points against per game on the road. Again, the Timberwolves putting up these numbers should come as no surprise.
They are in a rebuild and not expecting instant results this season. Following two straight poor performances by the Warriors, look for them to return home from their loss against Utah with a new perspective. I’m on the Warriors in what should be a much hungrier performance for the Dubs at home on Monday.