The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors will wrap up a two-game series in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Chase Center. This is the finale after an easy win for the Warriors a couple of days ago. The Warriors received a big performance from Stephen Curry, as he looked motivated to bury a couple of bad games and put it in the past.
They were out of sorts in a 119-104 loss against the New York Knicks, 119-104, and Utah Jazz, 127-108. That bad energy quickly faded away with their performance on Monday against the Timberwolves. Curry netted 36 points, while Andrew Wiggins had another steady game with 23 points. Draymond Green, who has struggled with his stroke offensively since coming back, chipped in with 10 points.
Green has been a terrific asset defensively for the Warriors, though. Their defense was lost in Golden Gate Park before Green returned to the lineup. His offensive game has developed at a slower rate, but if Green comes around and starts knocking down some shots, then the offense will open up for the Warriors. As a team, the Dubs have looked really good in spots, and then just flat out bad elsewhere.
They are in a rare position having beaten both the Clippers and Lakers. It’s not easy to beat one of those teams, let alone both within two weeks. The Warriors beat the Lakers, 115-113, and then followed up with a 121-99 win over the Spurs. That had to take the wind out of them, as they came back with a 119-104 loss at home against the Knicks.
When it’s all said and done, the Warriors are going into Wednesday with an average record of 9-8. Without Klay Thompson, I can’t see them competing in the Western Conference playoffs against the elite teams. Maybe the Warriors pull off a trade to make them better at the deadline? However, there is nobody available in the market to replace a player like Thompson.
The Timberwolves will try again on Wednesday after falling short by 22 points in the first meeting against Golden State on Monday. It’s been a struggle for them this season, as they try to navigate through a retooling phase in Minnesota. The Timberwolves head into Wednesday evening with a record of 4-12, having lost five of their last six outings. A much better effort is needed at the Chase Center tonight. Head below for our free Timberwolves vs. Warriors pick on January 27, 2021.
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If the Timberwolves plan to show up at the Chase Center, and play how they did on Monday, then they can just head to the airport and get out of San Francisco. The Timberwolves aren’t going to be competitive, and will likely suffer another bad loss. Not helping their cause was the absence of Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Towns is not scheduled to return before February because of a wrist injury. Meanwhile, Russell is listed as questionable to play again on Wednesday night.
Ricky Rubio can be a fun player to watch play, but he’s not going to carry the load for the Timberwolves without Russell and Towns in the lineup. Without Russell and Towns on the court, look for the Timberwolves to continue to get bullied around on defense. Towns is by far from a quality defender. In fact, he has a lot of work to do to be a better defensive player, but it doesn’t mean they’re better off without him in the lineup.
Overall on the season, the Timberwolves are 27th in the NBA with 116.7 points against per game. On the road, that number tips over 120 points to 122.6 points against. I expect another positive experience for the Warriors offensively in this contest. The Warriors might be 24th in the league defensively with 114.7 points conceded per game. However, Green has been their defense exceptionally better. Gee, put one of the best defensive players in the league back on the court and I wonder what’s going to happen.
While they’ve allowed 114.7 points a game, the Dubs have done a nice job keeping the opposing team’s shooting percentage down. They’re fourth in that regard, holding teams to a 44.5% from the field. The Timberwolves fell to 1-5-1 ATS against the Warriors in Golden State on Monday. It should be tighter than the final score of 130-108, but expect the Warriors to clear the Timberwolves by 10-13 points in this contest.