The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs will dance at AT&T Center on Wednesday night in Texas. The Timberwolves are looking to rebound after their comeback bid came up just short against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Cleveland was able to keep a comfortable 5-8 point advantage over Minnesota for the duration of that game.
Whenever the Timberwolves clawed closer, the Cavaliers were able to push back and offer some resistance. It wasn’t until the final couple of minutes that the game nearly came crashing down on Cleveland. The Timberwolves kept getting closer, though the Cavs fending off one last surge for a 110-98 win. Minnesota dropped to 5-15 on the season with the loss.
They’ve been trying to get by without Karl-Anthony Towns, but it has not been easy sailing for the Timberwolves. Even with Towns on the floor, the Timberwolves aren’t a playoff team, but they’d be playing more competitive basketball than their current record of 5-15 indicates. D’Angelo Russell is attempting to carry the load in Towns’ absence, but he’s been dealing with injuries of his own and playing banged up.
Note that Russell is listed as questionable to play on Wednesday in San Antonio. He is being bothered by a quad injury, and was playing through the injury against the Cavaliers. If it’s deemed in his best interest to take the night off, then expect the Timberwolves to depend heavily on Ricky Rubio and Malik Beasley in the backcourt.
The Spurs are looking for a positive response tonight following a lackluster showing versus the Memphis Grizzlies in back-to-back spots. The Grizzlies dispatched the Spurs with ease by a score of 129-112 and 133-102. LaMarcus Aldridge was active in both games, but will be unavailable on Wednesday with a hip injury. Trade rumors have swirled around Aldridge, though nothing concrete at the moment. Head below for our free Timberwolves vs. Spurs pick on February 3, 2021.
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It has been a frustrating year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only has it been a turbulent year for Karl-Anthony Towns, and the injury is the least of his concerns, but the Timberwolves are also dead last in the West with a record of 5-15. After beating the Cavaliers at home on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak, the Timberwolves got right back on the losing track away from Minnesota. The Timberwolves have struggled mightily finding wins on the road.
In fact, they have just one win, which came against the Utah Jazz, of all teams, on December 26 in their first outing on the road. The Timberwolves looked good in a 116-111 victory. However, note that Towns was active in that game. He contributed 16 points and 12 assists to the winning cause. Since then, the T-Wolves have not won another game on the road. They are winless in eight straight games for a record on the road of 1-8.
The Timberwolves have scored just 106.3 points per game for 27th in the NBA. Their offense has held steady on the road, but a drop off in productive defensively has been noted in Minnesota. Note that the Timberwolves are 25th on defense with 115.6 points against per game. On road trips, they’ve gotten pounded at a clip of 120.1 points against per game. Following an ugly effort at home against the Grizzlies, Gregg Povovich should have his team ready to perform on all cylinders against the vulnerable Timberwolves. The Spurs should have this by double digits.