Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch – Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves

What: Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

When: Saturday, 23 November 2019, 5:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Fox Sports North Plus, Fox Sports Arizona | 830 WCCO, AZ Sports 98.7 FM

Phoenix Suns (Away)

Head Coach: Monty Williams {All-Time 180-227 | NOH, PHX}

Season Record: 7-7

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ricky Rubio – (G) Devin Booker – (F) Kelly Oubre Jr. – (F) Dario Saric – (C) Frank Kaminsky

Top Performers

  • (G) Devin Booker – 34.8 MPG | 25.4 PPG | 5.9 APG | .500 3P%
  • (F) Kelly Oubre Jr – 30.6 MPG | 17.0 PPG | 5.7 RPG | .315 3P%
  • (C) Aron Baynes – 24.0 MPG | 14.5 PPG | 5.6 RPG | .442 3P%

With the opportunity to show the nation their worth in a nationally televised match, the Phoenix Suns dropped their third straight in a hard-fought contest.

The Pelicans were in a shootout with the Phoenix Suns, and the Suns were not prepared to bring the same intensity on the defensive end in the closing moments.

Phoenix is still showing their youth and inexperience. They take on a Wolves team that is struggling to find consistency but maintains two prolific scorers on the wing and in the post.

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Minnesota Timberwolves (Home)

Head Coach: Ryan Saunders {All-Time 25-32 | MIN}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Jeff Teague – (G) Treveon Graham – (F) Andrew Wiggins – (F) Robert Covington – (C) Karl-Anthony Towns

Season Record: 8-7

Top Performers

  • (C) Karl-Anthony Towns – 32.8 MPG | 26.0 PPG | 12.1 RPG | 1.5 BPG
  • (F) Andrew Wiggins – 34.7 MPG | 25.6 PPG | 5.3 RPG | .526 eFG%
  • (G) Jeff Teague – 28.4 MPG | 13.7 PPG | 7.6 APG | 2.4 RPG

After splitting a home and home with the Utah Jazz, the Minnesota Timberwolves have one more home game in front of them before they head off on a two-game road trip.

The Timberwolves face off with a Phoenix Suns team who are much more than they seem on paper. A top ten offense and a top fifteen defense are what the Wolves will try to stave off on their home court.

Minnesota struggled to slow Utah’s offense on the inside or from the perimeter. Phoenix is a much more perimeter-oriented team, so the Wolves will have to show their defensive enthusiasm, by closing out on shooters.

Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Rivalry

The Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves have a rather one-sided rivalry in NBA history. In 112 regular-season meetings, the Suns lead the Timberwolves 70-42.

A win for the Suns would keep them in place, but it would help put a whole game between them and the Timberwolves in the table.

A win for the Minnesota Timberwolves would push them out of eighth place and replace the Phoenix Suns who are in seventh.

Questions to Answer

Who can step up to cover the Suns’ injuries?

Can the Timberwolves’ young stars continue to lead them?

We are going to compare the Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

Someone Needs to Make Up for Rubio

The Phoenix Suns were an excellent team when veteran guard Ricky Rubio was running the point. Due to his injury, the Suns have relied on a mix of Jevon Carter and high-post action from frontcourt players.

The play of Carter has been concerning since Rubio went out. A passable three-point shooter in his career, Carter has only hit one three-pointer since October 30th.

Playmaking isn’t an issue for the Suns, but such a volatile team needs balance to keep them going. Rubio and Baynes are questionable for this match, so Phoenix needs some consistency out of one of their reserve to succeed.

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Can Towns Sustain His Shooting?

It is incredible to think that Karl-Anthony Towns was once considered only a post-up threat. Once banned from shooting threes by his college coach, Towns looks like the league’s premiere shooter at the pivot position.

In an early-season match against the Utah Jazz, Towns was spectacular from deep. Not only did he convert on seven three-point field-goals, but Towns was also clinical with three late threes to ice the game.

Attempting almost nine three-pointers this season and converting on 44.3% of his attempts per game, Towns has become a uniquely talented threat. He looks to be able to maintain this pace and there’s not a center on the Phoenix Suns that can keep up with him.

Ball Control and Movement Are Key

The Phoenix Suns are a young team with many shooters who rely on ball movement and excellent playmaking. Since Ricky Rubio went down, they’ve struggled to find their looks.

Before their three-game losing streak, the Suns were averaging a respectable 2-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio. In their loss to the Celtics, the Suns committed 19 turnovers to their 22 assists

Their recent play is not befitting of a team ranked second in assists and thirteenth in turnovers. Without Rubio in the lineup, ball security is everyone’s responsibility.

Minnesota Can Win This Game the Hard Way

While today’s NBA follows in the footsteps of the Golden State Warriors, offense-oriented and three-point shooting adept, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the chance to make a mark on this game by impacting the glass.

The Timberwolves are one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. Their success lies in the fact that everyone on their roster contributes on the boards. Of all players that average at least ten minutes per game, not a single player averages less than 2.9 rebounds per game.

Towns leads the team on the glass, and he is unlikely to have a match against Phoenix. Baynes is a brawling matchup, but he neither has the energy or the length to make up for Phoenix’s 28th ranked rebounding all by himself.

Phoenix Suns Roster Notes

(C) Aron Baynes – 20 Nov 2019 – Out (Hip) – Baynes is listed as out for Thursday’s (Nov. 21) game against the Pelicans.

(G) Ty Jerome – 20 Nov 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Jerome is still at least a couple of weeks away from returning to action, according to Kellan Olson of arizonasports.com.

(F) Cameron Johnson – 20 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Right Knee) – Johnson is listed as probable for Thursday’s (Nov. 21) game against the Pelicans.

(C) Frank Kaminsky – 20 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Left Hip) – Kaminsky is listed as probable for Thursday’s (Nov. 21) game against the Pelicans.

(G) Ricky Rubio – 20 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Back) – Rubio is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s (Nov. 21) game against the Pelicans.

(F) Dario Saric – 20 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Right Knee) – Saric is listed as probable for Thursday’s (Nov. 21) game against the Pelicans.

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Notes

(F) Jake Layman – 20 Nov 2019 – Out (Left Foot Soreness) – Layman did not play in Wednesday’s (Nov. 20) game against the Jazz.

(G) Shabazz Napier – 20 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Hamstring) – Napier did not play in Wednesday’s game (Nov. 20) against the Jazz.

Head-to-Head: (G) Devin Booker vs (F) Andrew Wiggins

Two high-scoring wing players face off when Devin Booker and Andrew Wiggins pit their teams against one another.

Both the Suns and the Timberwolves are off to a better start this year than many expected. Both hovering near the end of the top eight, both are looking to win to set up a climb to the top.

(G) Devin Booker (6-5, 210lb (196cm, 95kg) | Kentucky | 4 Years)

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2023PHX1334.825.43.25.9.534.500

Devin Booker has taken a step back this season. But for the first time in his career, that is due to the fact that he has a capable supporting cast around him.

Booker is still Phoenix’s most dangerous threat on the floor, as evidenced by his tremendous shooting percentages. With DeAndre Ayton still out, Booker has been a shockingly efficient first option.

(F) Andrew Wiggins (6-7, 194lb (201cm, 87kg) | Kansas/Canada | 5 Years)

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2024MIN1234.725.65.33.6.472.329

Andrew Wiggins is having the bounce-back season he needs. After some career down years, relatively speaking, Wiggins is looking like he’ll be the All-Star force that many expected he would be.

Wiggins is a dangerous cover. His shooting has improved from last year and he is adept at getting to the line. He’s focused more on three-point shooting, so if he gets hot from deep it’ll be a tough night for the Suns.

Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions and Odds

Why the Phoenix Suns Will Win

The Phoenix Suns’ player availability is still up in the air. Regardless of who is on the court, they’ll have to maintain their eighth rated offense if they want to take down the inside-outside threat of the Timberwolves.

Why the Minnesota Timberwolves Will Win

If the Minnesota Timberwolves want to take a win from the Suns, they’ll have to lock down defensively to slow Phoenix’s fast pace. They’ve struggled when Covington isn’t on the court, so they will have to work as a collective to slow down the Suns.

Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Game Odds

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Good Luck!

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