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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors: Warriors Aim to Secure Their Place in the Western Conference’s Top Six

Written by: Christian Jope
Published March 26, 2023
11 min read
  • The Golden State Warriors aim to secure their place in the Western Conference's top six
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to claw their way out of Play-In Tournament position
  • The Warriors won their last meeting with the Timberwolves, 109-104

The Golden State Warriors are still fighting to secure their place among the top six in the Western Conference. The Minnesota Timberwolves are just a few wins away from overtaking the Warriors' position! The Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves have presented a competitive series through three regular season games.

Sunday's matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors will be the fourth and last meeting between the teams this season. The Warriors have won two of their three meetings with the Timberwolves, most recently a 109-104 victory in late February. The Warriors will have home court advantage, as Golden State will host this final meeting at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

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Timberwolves vs Warriors Predictions

Head-to-Head: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors

Minnesota Timberwolves
Head-to-HeadGolden State Warriors
Chris FinchHead CoachSteve Kerr
37-37 (7th in West)Standing38-36 (6th in West)
W-W-L-LFormW-W-L-L
113.8 (22nd of 30)Off Rtg115.4 (11th of 30)
114.0 (12th of 30)Def Rtg115.0 (19th of 30)
101.2 (5th of 30)Pace101.8 (1st of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

A. Edwards (24.7)PPGS. Curry (29.6)
R. Gobert (11.5)RPGK. Looney (9.1)
M. Conley (5.3)APGD. Green (6.8)
A. Edwards (1.6)SPGD. DiVincenzo (1.3)
R. Gobert (1.4)BPGD. Green, A. Wiggins (0.8)
R. Gobert (.665)/A. Edwards (9.0)FG%/FGMK. Looney (.645)/S. Curry (10.0)
K. Anderson (.416)/A. Edwards (2.7)3P%/3PMS. Curry (.430)/S. Curry (4.9)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Anthony EdwardsMinnesota Timberwolves23 March 2023Day to Day (Ankle)Edwards was OUT for Minnesota's Wednesday (Mar 22) game.
Jordan McLaughlinMinnesota Timberwolves 23 March 2023Day to Day (Illness)McLaughlin was OUT for Minnesota's Wednesday (Mar 22) game.
Ryan RollinsGolden State Warriors06 Feb 2023Out (Foot)Rollins suffered a fracture in his right foot and will be out for the season.
Andrew WigginsGolden State Warriors24 Feb 2023Out (Personal)There is no timetable for Wiggins' return.
Gary Payton IIGolden State Warriors13 Mar 2023Out (Adductor)Payton II has been cleared to return for basketball activities and will be reevaluated at a future date.
Andre IguodalaGolden State Warriors15 Mar 2023Out (Wrist)Iguodala will undergo surgery after suffering a fractured left wrist.

Golden State Warriors to Defeat Minnesota Timberwolves

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As they fight for a place that'll earn them automatic qualification for the NBA Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves are sure to put on a competitive game. The Warriors have a narrow lead over the Timberwolves, who are aiming to overtake them for seventh place. At the same time, the Timberwolves are emboldened by the return of center Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Timberwolves will challenge the Warriors with their efficient offense, which scores 116.1 points per game (11th in the NBA) on 49.2% from the field (3rd in the NBA) and 57.2% from inside the arc (3rd in the NBA). Surprisingly the Minnesota Timberwolves are more efficient on the road, averaging 115.7 points on 49.8% from the field and 37.0% from three-point range.

The Warriors will try to set the pace on their home court, though, with an offense that scores 118.4 points per game (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 16.5 threes (1st in the NBA). The Warriors must establish their passing game, as they average almost four fewer assists and ten fewer points in losses compared to victories.

Take the Warriors to win. Expect the Timberwolves to put up a good fight, especially with their tenacity and size advantage. However, the Warriors, especially on their home court, are too potent offensively, and Minnesota's defense won't contain the Warriors' shooters.

Key Players & Stats

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole remains one of the league's most intriguing players. Poole is averaging 20.1 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game on 42.6% from the field and 32.8% from the three-point range. Poole has been consistent on the road or at home, and his numbers have remained relatively constant. While Golden State's stars will be the focus, Poole must lead the Warriors' bench against the Timberwolves' capable reserve unit.

Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the Timberwolves lineup from a 53-game absence and looked excellent in limited minutes. While the Timberwolves are likely to keep him in a lessened role given his time back from injury, Towns as an additional offensive option will be critical for the Timberwolves' chances at victory. In his first game back, Towns posted 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists while converting on two of his three-point field goal attempts.

How to Watch Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors

  • Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
  • When: 8:30 PM EST, Sunday, March 26, 2023
  • How to Watch: NBA TV
  • Streaming: NBA League Pass
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