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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||+8 -110||O 223.5 -112||+270|
|San Antonio Spurs||-8 -110||U 223.5 -109||-335|
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Count on the Spurs to find excellent opportunities and finish with efficiency. While the Timberwolves have good runs in them, the overall consistency of the Spurs should see them through.
San Antonio Spurs to Win (-335)
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|Timberwolves vs Spurs Information|
|What||Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs|
|Where||At&T Center, San Antonio, Texas|
|When||8:30 PM EST, February 3rd, 2021|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports Southwest – San Antonio, Fox Sports North|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Head-to-Head||San Antonio Spurs|
|Ryan Saunders||Head Coach||Gregg Popovich|
|5-15 (15th in West)||Standing||11-10 (10th in West)|
|104.6 (30th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.3 (17th of 30)|
|113.7 (27th of 30)||Def Rtg||111.3 (17th of 30)|
|101.1 (9th of 30)||Pace||100.3 (10th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Towns (22.0)||PPG||D. Derozan (19.5)|
|K. Towns (12.5)||RPG||K. Johnson (7.5)|
|R. Rubio (5.7)||APG||D. Derozan (6.6)|
|J. Vanderbilt (1.3)||SPG||D. Murray (1.3)|
|K. Towns (2.8)||BPG||J. Poeltl (1.1)|
|J. Vanderbilt (.612)/M. Beasley, K. Towns (7.3)||FG%/FGM||J. Poeltl (.584)/D. Derozan (6.6)|
|N. Reid (.404)/D. Russell (3.0)||3P%/3PM||P. Mills (.419)/P. Mills (2.7)|
After acquiring D’Angelo Russell and bringing in Anthony Edwards as the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, many would’ve thought the Timberwolves took a step in the direction of success. How wrong many were.
While the T-Wolves are hampered by the absence of Karl-Anthony Towns, they’ve looked out of their depth against most teams in the NBA. While even Russell is disappointing, recent performances by rookies Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels have shown promise.
In their last game, Edwards and McDaniels combined for 24 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. Was it a ground-breaking performance? Not at all. But their heart and hustle are infectious when they’re on the court, something they’ll need bundles of against a well-organized Spurs team.
The Spurs are playing smaller than we’ve ever seen them play before. As a result, San Antonio is playing at a faster pace and depending more on their bench production to win.
The Spurs’ bench trio of Mills, Gay, and Poeltl has led the team when their starters are struggling. As the youth of Walker, Johnson, and Murray experience their ups and downs, a solid bench unit has helped the Spurs to their success.
Considering the Timberwolves’ production issues, the Spurs can come away with an easy win if they get solid contributions from their reserves.
After a short experiment with the Golden State Warriors, D’Angelo Russell got his wish when he reunited with Karl-Anthony Towns on the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is yet to all come together.
Russell is an adept shooter and capable playmaker, but the lack of depth on the T-Wolves is apparent. Scoring just 19 points in 28 minutes against the Cavaliers, Russell must show more initiative to lead the young Timberwolves.
Russell’s pick-and-roll play with the T-Wolves big men could unlock something for them. With more traditional big men in Poeltl and Aldridge, the Spurs could struggle against the pace and fluidity of the Timberwolves. Whether or not Minnesota pull it off is another question.
Demar Derozan has made quite the shift in his career by changing from volume scorer to efficient playmaker. Under Gregg Popovich’s system, Derozan’s usage is justified by his ability to initiate their plays.
Derozan is averaging 19.5 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. His uptick in three-point percentage to 35.1%, versus 28.4% for his career, has been a welcome surprise.
The Timberwolves don’t present one of the stoutest defenses, so Derozan may have the opportunity to score more than usual. At his lowest scoring rate since 2013, Derozan could be in for a big night.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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