The Minnesota Timberwolves (39-40) have fallen to 9th in the Western Conference after a three-game losing streak as they prepare to take on the Brooklyn Nets (43-35) at the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
The Timberwolves are only 4-6 in their last 10 and faced a 107-105 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a disappointing defeat for the Timberwolves, as the Blazers were without Damian Lillard, Yusuf Nurkic and Jeremy Grant. Shaedon Sharpe led the scoring charts for the Blazers, scoring 27 points, while four other players contributed in double digits. Anthony Edwards came up big for the Timberwolves with 37 points, but there wasn’t enough support. They now face the Nets, who are on the brink of taking the 6th seed in the East.
The Nets are enjoying a three-game winning run, with their latest win coming over the Utah Jazz (111-110). It was an extremely close game led by Mikal Bridges, who had a brilliant 30-point match, followed by Cameron Johnson with 18. Spencer Dinwiddie and Nic Claxton also chipped in with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Fixture: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Brooklyn Nets
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m ET
Venue: Barclays Center in New York City
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets: Injury Report
There are a few injury concerns for the Timberwolves at the moment. Starting with Karl Anthony Towns, who is questionable for tonight’s game due to a calf problem, and Austin Rivers is questionable because of illness. Jaylen Nowell is questionable with a knee injury, while Naz Reid is out because of a wrist injury.
As for the Nets, only Ben Simmons is still unavailable because of a knee injury.
|Karl Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves||Questionable||Calf|
|Austin Rivers||Minnesota Timberwolves||Questionable||Illness|
|Jaylen Nowell||Minnesota Timberwolves||Questionable||Knee|
|Naz Reid||Minnesota Timberwolves||Out||Wrist|
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets: Betting Odds
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-125||-1.5 (-110)||O 225.5 (-110)|
|Brooklyn Nets||+105||+1.5 (-110)||U 225.5 (-110)|
Timberwolves: F Jaden McDaniels, F Karl Anthony Towns, C Rudy Gobert, G Anthony Edwards, G Mike Conley Jr.
Nets: F Cameron Johnson, F Dorian Finney Smith, C Nic Claxton, G Mikal Bridges, G Spencer Dinwiddie
Minnesota vs. Brooklyn: Betting Prediction
The two teams have played only once this season, where the Nets took the game 124-123 in overtime. They now have a chance to double the lead at home, coming into this contest with a decent 22-16 home record. On the other hand, the Timberwolves are struggling on the road at 18-21. Offensively, the Timberwolves have a slight edge over the Nets, averaging 115.5 ppg, 13th in the league, while the Nets are 17th in the league at 113.6 ppg. However, defensively, the Nets are doing a better job, conceding 112.7 ppg, 12th in the league, whereas the Timberwolves are sitting on 18th, conceding 115.8 ppg.
Despite all the statistics, the Timberwolves desperately need wins to make it to the playoffs. The regular season is coming to an end with only a handful of games remaining. Expect them to play well and cover the spread tonight.