Warriors vs. Timberwolves Match Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19
December 10, 2018
Golden State’s (18-9) struggles appear to be behind them for the time being. They lost Steph Curry’s first game back from injury. But since then, they have rattled off three straight wins including an impressive win over the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-95, their last time out.
The key against the Bucks was the same as always for the Warriors—the three-pointer (they made 19) and good defence. Their defence should be even better Monday night against the Timberwolves with Draymond Green expected to make his return.
All the best slams, steals & splashes from the road trip 🙃 pic.twitter.com/4zTkAAkWjD— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 9, 2018
Minnesota (13-13) is coming off a tough 113-105 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. But they had won six of their last seven heading into that one including wins over the Hornets, Rockets, and Spurs.
The Timberwolves are a top-ten team in shot attempts but since they are not as prolific a three-point shooting team as much of the NBA is nowadays, they are in the lower half of the league in scoring (109.8 points/game; 17th).
Defensively, they are not a bad team (109.6 points/game; 11th). But to beat the Warriors, you have to be better than not bad. They are tied for 13th in percentage of three-pointers allowed per game (35.6).
So—who’s going to win?
Golden State will have no problem neutralizing Minnesota’s best player, center Karl-Anthony Towns. They are just going to play their game and shoot from the perimeter. If Towns leaves the basket, they’ll feed Kevin Durant in the paint.
Minnesota simply doesn’t have the firepower or talent needed to take on the Warriors (when they are healthy). Take the Warriors to win over the Timberwolves, straight up and against the spread. As for the over/under—go with the under.
*Odds via Betway.com
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