The Minnesota Timberwolves (40-40) are on the verge of qualifying for the play-in spot as they take on the San Antonio Spurs (21-59) at the Moody Center on Saturday (April 8).
The Timberwolves are ninth in the Western Conference and are coming off a win against the Brooklyn Nets (107-102) in their previous outing. Anthony Edwards and Karl Anthony Towns led the scoring for the Timberwolves with 23 and 22 points, respectively, Three other players from the starting lineup also scored in double digits and led the team to a narrow two-point win. Spencer Dinwiddie and Mikal Bridges tried their best for the Nets, scoring 30 and 24 points respectively, but there wasn’t enough support from other players.
The Timberwolves’ opponents tonight, the Spurs, are already out of the playoff race and currently 14th in the West, 3-7 overall in their last 10 games. But the Spurs managed a win in their previous game over the Portland Trail Blazers (129-127). It was a high-scoring game and a two-point win for the Spurs, led by Keita Bates-Diop, who scored 25 points, followed by Keldon Johnson, who chipped in 24 points. Zach Collins also had a great game as he finished with 21 on the night. This will be the Spurs’ final home game of the regular season.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs: Match Details
Fixture: Minnesota Timberwolves @ San Antonio Spurs
Date & Time: Saturday, April 8, 04:00 p.m ET
Venue: Moody Center, Austin, Texas
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Report
The Spurs are dealing with several injuries at the moment. Doug McDermott is out for the Spurs with an ankle injury while Khem Birch is resting during tonight’s game. Devonte’ Graham is out with an adductor injury while Keldon Johnson is questionable due to a foot injury. Romeo Langford also has an adductor injury and is questionable. Devin Vassell is out with injury management while Charles Bassey is out due to a knee injury. A knee injury also keeps Jeremy Sochan out of tonight’s action.
As for the Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable because of a calf issue while Austin Rivers is questionable due to illness. Jaylen Nowell is questionable due to a knee problem and Naz Reid is out with a wrist injury.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury List
|Doug McDermott||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Ankle|
|Khem Birch||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Rest|
|Devonte Graham||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Adductor|
|Keldon Johnson||San Antonio Spurs||Questionable||Foot|
|Romeo Langford||San Antonio Spurs||Questionable||Addcutor|
|Devin Vassell||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Injury Management|
|Charles Bassey||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Knee|
|Jeremy Sochan||San Antonio Spurs||Out||Knee|
|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 San Antonio Spurs: Betting Odds
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-1050||-14 (-110)||O 232.5 (-110)|
|San Antonio Spurs||+700||+14 (-110)||U 232.5 (-110)|
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs: Starting 5s
Timberwolves: F Jaden McDaniels, F Karl-Anthony Towns, C Rudy Gobert, G Mike Conley, G Anthony Edwards
Spurs: F Keldon Johnson, F Keita Bates-Diop, C Zach Collins, G Tre Jones, G Malaki Branham
Minnesota vs San Antonio: Betting Prediction
The Spurs have a 2-1 lead over the Timberwolves this season. But the three games were played quite early in the season, and the current situation is a lot different. The Timberwolves have improved massively over the past few months and are in the playoff race. Meanwhile, the Spurs are already out of contention. Their home record is a poor 14-26, whereas the Timberwolves are 19-21 on the road. The Spurs are at the bottom in defense, conceding 122.8 ppg, while the Timberwolves are 18th, conceding 115.7 ppg. Offensively, the Spurs are behind as well, 24th in the league, averaging 112.5 ppg, whereas the Timberwolves are 13th overall, averaging 115.4 ppg.
Based on current form and statistics, expect the Timberwolves to cover the spread tonight.