Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns: The Phoenix Suns Have Won Back-To-Back Games

Written by: Christian Jope
Published March 29, 2023
5 min read
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves enter this game on a four-game win streak
  • The Phoenix Suns have won back-to-back games
  • Minnesota won their last meeting against Phoenix, 116-121

The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves are fighting to maintain their position in the Western Conference standings. The Suns are fourth in the West with a 40-35 overall record and a 24-12 home record. The Timberwolves are sixth in the West with a 39-37 overall record and an 18-20 road record.

The Timberwolves and Suns will meet this season for the fourth and final time on Wednesday evening. Hosted at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, the Suns will have home court advantage! The last time these two teams met, the Timberwolves emerged the winner over the Suns 116-121 - the Suns lead the season series 2-1.

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Timberwolves vs Suns Predictions

Head-to-Head: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns

Minnesota Timberwolves
Head-to-HeadPhoenix Suns
Chris FinchHead CoachMonty Williams
39-37 (6th in West)Standing40-35 (4th in West)
W-W-W-WFormW-W-L-L
113.8 (23rd of 30)Off Rtg115.2 (14th of 30)
113.9 (10th of 30)Def Rtg113.3 (9th of 30)
101.0 (5th of 30)Pace98.2 (20th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

A. Edwards (24.5)PPGD. Booker (28.2)
R. Gobert (11.6)RPGD. Ayton (10.1)
D. Russell (6.2)APGC. Paul (9.1)
A. Edwards (1.6)SPGC. Paul (1.6)
R. Gobert (1.4)BPGK. Durant (1.3)
R. Gobert (.661)/A. Edwards (8.9)FG%/FGMK. Durant (.690)/D. Booker (10.2)
K. Adnerson (.421)/A. Edwards (2.7)3P%/3PMK. Durant (.538)/K. Durant (2.3)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Taurean PrinceMinnesota Timberwolves27 Mar 2023Out (Illness)Prince was OUT for Minnesota's Monday (Mar 27) game.
Matt RyanMinnesota Timberwolves 27 Mar 2023Out (Illness)Ryan was OUT for Minnesota's Monday (Mar 27) game.
Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves 27 Mar 2023 Out (Calf)Towns was OUT for Minnesota's Monday (Mar 27) game.
Kevin DurantPhoenix Suns24 Mar 2023Out (Ankle)Durant may return for the Suns' Wednesday (Mar 29) game against the Timberwolves.

Spread: Phoenix Suns -6.5 (-110) @ Caesars Sportsbook

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns have thrilled fans with an entertaining season series. The Timberwolves find themselves sixth in the West, winning four in a row and going 5-5 over their last ten games. While the Suns are comfortably fourth in the Western Conference, they've lost six of their last ten games despite winning back-to-back games.

The Timberwolves are a capable scoring team with their combination of talents, averaging 115.9 points per game (11th in the NBA) on 49.1% efficiency from the field (3rd in the NBA). Minnesota was locked-in in their 119-116 victory over the Kings in their last game, scoring on 51.2% shooting from the field while having seven double-digit scorers!

The Phoenix Suns live by their defensive standards, holding teams to 111.9 points per game (5th in the NBA) on 46.7% from the field (6th in the NBA) while forcing 14.6 turnovers per game (12th in the NBA). The Suns were locked in in their recent win over the Utah Jazz, holding the high-scoring unit to just 103 points on 44.2% from the field.

We're taking the Suns in this matchup to cover the spread. While the Timberwolves have been in fine form, a newly healthy Suns side threatens their momentum. With the potential of a Kevin Durant return, expect an emboldened Suns team. Count on it being a high-scoring matchup, but the Suns' defense should be the difference-maker in this game.

Key Players & Stats

The Phoenix Suns have been led by Devin Booker all season, and he's coming off of another solid performance despite his below-average shooting. In the Suns' 117-103 win over the Jazz, Booker posted 24 points, seven rebounds, and five assists on 36.8% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. Averaging 25.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.5 assists in two games against the Timberwolves, Booker is sure to have another high-scoring performance.

Despite his relatively subdued numbers, Edwards' form has been promising in his two games back from injury. Edwards has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.5 rebounds on 37.9% from the field and 27.3%. The Suns present a tough challenge for the Timberwolves, so Edwards must produce at his pre-injury levels if Minnesota hopes to win.

Total: Over 234.5 (-110) @ bet365

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The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves have combined for some high-scoring games through three matches this season. On the season, the Suns combine for an average of 225.6 points per game on a plus-1.8 differential. The Timberwolves are averaging a combined 231.9 points per game on a minus-0.1 points differential.

The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves have been in high-scoring matchups over their last five games. The Suns have averaged a combined points total of 237.8 over their last five, while the Timberwolves have averaged 236.2. The difference is that the Timberwolves have gone 4-1 through that run, while the Suns have gone just 2-3.

At the pace that these teams have been playing, we're expecting them to clear 234.5. With both teams aiming to secure their position in the Western Conference standings, it's sure to be a shootout. Should Kevin Durant return from injury, expect the Suns' offense to perform even better than usual.

How to Watch Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns

  • Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • When: 10:00 PM EST, Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
  • How to Watch: ESPN
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