The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on Saturday. Eight games will be up on the board throughout January 9. One of these games will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have struggled a bit early in the season and will look to bounce back with a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
San Antonio has put up a record of 4-4 so far this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Spurs have won back to back games coming into this one and will look to keep it going in this one. San Antonio has been up and down early in this season and will look to keep the momentum going. I expect the Spurs to come out fast in this one.
The Timberwolves have earned a record of 2-6 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota has lost six games in a row after a promising 2-0 start. The Timberwolves still have plenty of time to turn it around in this one. I expect Minnesota to try and come out quickly in this one as they look for a win.
These two teams have struggled in the early part of this season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. The Timberwolves have hit a tough losing streak and need to find a way to turn it around. San Antonio has had nice back to back wins and will look to keep it going in this one. I both teams to try and set the pace early as they look for the win.
The Spurs and the Timberwolves met up twice throughout last season. Minnesota hosted the first game on November 13. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points. It was not enough for San Antonio though. Andrew Wiggins dropped 30 points and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague scored 18 off the bench as the Timberwolves won 129-114.
The second meeting of the season series was on November 27 in San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points. Andrew Wiggins put up 26 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 23 points and 14 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop added 16 points off the bench. Minnesota was able to hold on for a 113-101 win.
The Timberwolves were able to sweep the season series against San Antonio last season. Minnesota has changed up their roster a lot since then, which will make this game interesting. The Spurs will look to come out better in this one, while the Timberwolves will look to surprise San Antonio with a quick start in this one. If either team can set the pace early, it should be enough for the win.
DeMar DeRozan has helped lead this Spurs team early in the season. DeRozan has averaged 19 points and 7.5 assists per game. Dejounte Murray is averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds per game. LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 15.5 points per game. Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills are both averaging 14 points per game, while Rudy Gay is averaging 13 points. Lonnie Walker has averaged 12.5 points to round out the lineup.
D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have both stepped up for Minnesota this season. Russell is averaging 20 points and 5 assists per game. Towns has averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Malik Beasley is averaging 17.5 points, while Anthony Edwards has averaged 15.5 points per game. Naz Reid is averaging 10.5 points per game as well.
These two teams have had their stars step up early in this season. San Antonio could use more production out of Aldridge this season. Russell and Towns have been big performers for the Timberwolves, but could pick up their play as well. Edwards has had a nice start to his rookie season and Minnesota will look to turn it around in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
San Antonio has shot well from deep this season, but have struggled in close. The Spurs have made 45.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the league. San Antonio is shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arc, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Spurs have only made 47.8 percent of their shots inside the arc, which is 30th in the league.
The Timberwolves have not been great shooting the ball this season. Minnesota has made around 44 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the NBA. The Timberwolves have shot 31.9 percent from deep, which is 29th in the league. Minnesota is shooting 51.7 percent in close, which is 17th in the NBA. The Timberwolves will need to shoot much better in this one.
The Spurs are much better shooting the ball this season, but have struggled heavily inside the arc. If Minnesota can force the ball inside, it could give them the edge. San Antonio will look to shoot from deep early to force the Timberwolves hand in this one. Neither team has been great on defense this season, which could give either team the edge if they set the pace early.
The Timberwolves have struggled in the early portion of this season, but I think Minnesota can turn it around in this one. San Antonio has been the better team this season, but I think that the Timberwolves can disrupt the Spurs defense. If Minnesota can shut down San Antonio around the perimeter, it will give the Timberwolves a big edge on Saturday night.
Bovada has the Spurs listed as a -290 against the money line in this one. This implies that San Antonio will win this game around 74.4 percent of the time. I do not agree with this line. The Timberwolves have shown promise at times this season, but have struggled overall. The Spurs have not been great this season, which makes me think this should be closer. I think Minnesota has a great chance to earn a win in this one and with their value, I think they are a great pick.