The NBA is set for a busy slate of games with a total of eleven matchups on the board for Wednesday night. There are plenty of great games to choose from. One that catches my eye is the Minnesota Timberwolves visiting the Sacramento Kings. Both teams are hovering around an even record, but could benefit from a win on Wednesday night.
Minnesota has gone 13-14 to start out the new season. The Timberwolves are currently sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. Minnesota is coming off back to back losses by eight points to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. The Timberwolves will look to get back in the win column with a road victory against Sacramento.
The Kings have had a surprisingly solid start to this season. Sacramento has gone 14-12 to start out the season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Western Conference. The Kings are coming off a big win against the Chicago Bulls in their last game. Sacramento has been playing really well recently, winning four of their last five games.
This matchup will be the second of four games between the Timberwolves and the Kings this season. These two teams will meet again on December 17 and February 25. These teams are still close to the playoff picture, which means that they should both be competing tightly on Wednesday night.
Last season, these two teams met up three times in the regular season. The Timberwolves swept the season series 3-0. The first two games were hosted by Minnesota and the Timberwolves won by scores of 119-96 and 111-106. The final game of the season series shifted to Sacramento, but it didn’t change much. Minnesota still was able to win 118-100 to sweep out the Kings.
The first matchup of this season was hosted by Sacramento on November 9. Karl-Anthony Towns went off for a big game, scoring 39 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Derrick Rose added another 21, but it was not enough. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 25 points, while Iman Shumpert, De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield all had over 15 points to help give the Kings the win at home. Sacramento finished with a 121-110 win at home.
The Kings were swept by the Timberwolves in last season’s series, but were able to jump out to a 1-0 start this season against Minnesota. Sacramento has been playing better this season and Minnesota’s roster has changed a lot over the course of this season. The Timberwolves have been inconsistent this season, but could get a huge win on the road on Wednesday night.
Three Point Shooting
Minnesota has been a solid team when shooting threes this season. The Timberwolves are shooting behind the arc at an impressive 37.6 percent, which puts them top 10 in the league. While Minnesota has been solid behind the arc, the Kings have been even better. Sacramento is shooting the three-ball at a success rate of 38.8 percent, which is second best in the NBA.
The Kings play with quick ball movement, which allows them to get some solid open looks. Minnesota has quite a few players that can shoot the three pretty solid as well though. The perimeter defense of Sacramento is good, which could help give the Kings a major edge in this game if they can keep the three’s dropping at a high rate.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been the best player for Minnesota this season. Towns is averaging a little over 21.5 points and 12 rebounds per game at the Center spot this season. Derrick Rose has been a nice surprise for Minnesota, averaging 18 points per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 16 points per game for the Timberwolves. Since coming over in the Jimmy Butler trade, Robert Covington has done a nice job. He is averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds in his 12 games with Minnesota.
The backcourt for Sacramento has been one of their strongest pieces this season. Buddy Hield is averaging 18.5 points and 5 rebounds per game from the Shooting Guard spot. De’Aaron Fox is averaging 18 points and 7.5 assists per game while running the Point Guard position. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 15 points per game. Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, while the Kings rookie Marvin Bagley has averaged 10.5 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Sacramento’s lineup is strong because of the number of ways they can attack you. The Kings can wear you down, which allows for different players to break out each night. This will make some interesting matchups. One of the big ones though will be Willie Cauley-Stein playing against Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns was able to break out for a big game in the first matchup this season, so Sacramento will need Cauley-Stein to slow him down this time around.
Sacramento is coming into this game playing really well recently. The Kings will be in front of their home crowd, which should help them get an advantage. I believe that Towns could find himself in for another good night, but I am not sure if Minnesota will be able to slow down Sacramento’s roster at home. The Kings play with quick ball movement, which could knock the Timberwolves onto their heels. If Minnesota falls down early, I am not sure they will be able to come back on the Kings.
BetOnline has Sacramento listed as a +2 at home against the spread. With how well the Kings have been playing recently, I do not believe Minnesota should be favored in this game. The Kings have been surprisingly good this season, and I believe they can keep it up. While they are a streaky team, I believe that this is a winnable game for them at home. I am taking Sacramento with the points at home.