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(7-4) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns (4-8)
Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Minnesota -8
NBA Betting Total: 225
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The Phoenix Suns look to end a five-game losing streak Saturday vs. the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
While each team dropped its last contest, Minnesota enjoys a recent 5-1 run, losing only to Golden State during that period. Conversely, hot-and-cold Phoenix hasn’t earned victory since Nov 1.
Further, the Suns, amid a seven-year playoff drought, appear content to remain in rebuild mode after trading disgruntled Eric Bledsoe for the contract of former Bucks center Greg Monroe. Monroe is already rumored to be on Phoenix’s trading block.
Meanwhile, Minnesota fully embraces a win-now philosophy and will enter Talking Stick intent on re-establishing competitive success.
Entering Saturday’s meeting vs. Phoenix, Minnesota has no injuries to report. The Suns list Greg Monroe (calf) as out and starting center Tyson Chandler (back) as day-to-day.
Before running afoul awoken giant Golden State, Minnesota played high-end basketball to collect five-consecutive wins. During this stretch, the Timberwolves turned a defensive corner, holding three teams below 100 points.
Versus these five litmus-test opponents four different T-Wolves led their team in scoring as Minnesota crafted an identity based upon two-way execution.
And, certainly, one could argue Phoenix resides beneath the Wolves’ slate of recently downed opposition.
Though Tom Thibodeau’s confident troops regressed vs. the risen GSW machine, Minnesota’s current goal is to corral the momentum it lost Wednesday evening.
If the Timberwolves present high-octane offense (112.3 ppg last six games) before defensively-challenged Phoenix, Minnesota could claim six wins in seven outings. Such success would prove invaluable to the growth curve of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Through three weeks of regular-season action, Minnesota sports a top-ten OffRtg and improved DefRtg to reside among a gaggle of quality teams sporting 7-4 records.
The Timberwolves are led by the standout quartet of Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Wiggins, and Jeff Teague, as secondary performers, Taj Gibson, Jamal Crawford, Gorgui Dieng, and Nemanja Bjelica provide notable role-specific efforts.
If Minnesota re-establishes its recent two-way execution, a road win is in order vs. Phoenix.
Following a 4-2 march through the final weeks of October, Phoenix has fallen into its familiar league-doormat role.
During the Suns’ five-game backslide, opponents have punished Phoenix by a league-high +13.2 NetRtg.
While Jay Triano’s high-paced offense blitzed unprepared teams early, the league has caught up with and overlapped the Suns’ declining tempo. Amid four lopsided defeats, Phoenix has shot just 35% overall while floundering from outside (32%). However, defensive lapses have sealed the Suns’ fate.
Miami recently exploited a shaky Phoenix defense while scoring 126 points on 53/40/80 shooting as seven Heat scored in double-digits. Meanwhile, the Suns added a respectable 115 points but committed 29 costly fouls which afforded Miami 35 free-throw attempts.
That stated, the NBA season is a marathon 82-game journey, and trends, especially early ones, can revert at any time. Therefore, home-standing Phoenix could finds its late-October form and overcome Minnesota; though this scenario isn’t likely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Minnesota is 3-3 SU on the road this season.
- Phoenix is 2-4 SU at home this season.
- Minnesota is 5-5-1 ATS this season
- Phoenix is 5-7 ATS this season
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Expect Minnesota to enter Phoenix motivated following a humbling 125-101 loss at Oracle Arena. Veterans Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford will rally young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl Towns for a strong bounce-back showing vs. Phoenix.
Look for a vintage Towns performance as Jimmy Butler frustrates young Suns star Devin Booker en route to a T-Wolves road win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Timberwolves – 5.0
These are the games Minnesota must win to become a playoff entity. Phoenix has little to lose and will compete in a free-wheeling fashion.
However, as the season nears a month old, expect definitive separation to develop between the lottery and playoff-bound units.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Timberwolves 113 – Phoenix 107
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