The NBA is host to a total of seven games on Friday night. One of the games is between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams are still both very much alive in the Western Conference playoff picture, which should lead to a solid game on January 18. The game is set to tip off at 8:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
San Antonio has jumped out to a record of 26-20. The Spurs are currently sitting in sixth place of the Western Conference. San Antonio is coming off a 105-101 win against the Dallas Mavericks in their last game, but the Spurs have been struggling as of late. San Antonio has lost three of their last five games. The Spurs will look to bounce back with a win on Friday night to start a new winning streak.
The Timberwolves are currently sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference with a record of 21-23. Minnesota is coming off a big loss to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 149-107. The Timberwolves have dropped two of their last three matchups and like San Antonio will look to bounce back with a win on Friday night.
Friday night’s matchup between the Spurs and the Timberwolves will be the fourth and final game of the season series. San Antonio and Minnesota are both still competitive in the Western Conference, but both have been struggling as of late. These two teams will look to get it going with a win going into this weekends action of NBA basketball.
The first matchup of the season series was hosted by San Antonio on October 17 as these two teams opening games for the season. Jeff Teague dropped 27 points, while Jimmy Butler had 23 points in the opener. DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge put up 21 points and 19 rebounds as San Antonio won their home opener. The Spurs finished with a 112-108 win.
Minnesota hosted the second game of the season series on November 28. Jakob Poeltl dropped 14 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, but the Spurs did not get much production from their starters. San Antonio’s starting lineup combined for 35 points. Robert Covington dropped 21 points and 9 rebounds. Karl-Anthony had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Rose put up 16 points off the bench. The Timberwolves were able to pull off a 128-89 win at home.
The Spurs hosted the third matchup of the season on December 21. Andrew Wiggins dropped 15 points for the Timberwolves. Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 13 points, but it was not enough. Bryn Forbes had 22 points and 7 assists for San Antonio. Marco Belinelli added another 17 points off the bench as San Antonio pulled off a 124-98 win at home.
These two teams have met up a total of three times this season and the Spurs have a 2-1 series lead. Minnesota won their first game at home and will look to even the series in Friday night’s matchup. San Antonio has been the better team this season and will look to win the season series 3-1 with an upset on the road on Friday night.
Three Point Shooting
San Antonio has been the best three-point shooting team this season. The Spurs have shot 40.3 percent from behind the arc this season. San Antonio has played solid defense at the three-point line. The Spurs opponents have shot around 35.6 percent from the three-point help. San Antonio will look to use their three-point shooting to help lead them to a victory.
The Timberwolves have been near the middle of the league when it comes to shooting at the three-point line. Minnesota has made around 35.5 percent of their three-point shots. The Timberwolves have been doing really poorly against the three-point shot. Minnesota has allowed opposing teams 37.4 percent from behind the three-point line, which is worst in the NBA.
DeMar DeRozan has been doing really well in his first season with the Spurs. DeRozan is averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. LaMarcus Aldridge has been putting up solid numbers this season as well. He has averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season. Rudy Gay is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Bryn Forbes has averaged 12 points per game from the Point Guard spot.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been the leader for the Timberwolves this season. Towns has averaged 22 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose has been coming off the bench, averaging 19 points per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game. Robert Covington has averaged 14.5 points per game since coming over from Philadelphia.
Aldridge and Towns will play a real tight matchup at the Center spot on Friday night. These two players should go toe to toe all night long. DeRozan will look to take advantage of his matchup against Andrew Wiggins, which I believe will give San Antonio an edge. Covington is out with injury, so I believe it could lead to a big night for Gay
These two teams have played three of their four games in the season series so far this season. San Antonio has a good chance to take the season series 3-1 on Friday night. The Spurs are a dangerous three-point team and Minnesota has done terrible defending teams behind the arc. The Timberwolves are missing some players in the lineup, which could give San Antonio a big advantage.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -1 against the spread on Friday night. I believe that the Spurs should be favored against the Timberwolves. San Antonio is coming off a tough win and have been the better team overall this season. Minnesota is at home, but I believe that the Spurs will come into town and take the win on the road. I am taking San Antonio as a road underdog.