The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves are going in different directions during this NBA season. While the Warriors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA to this point in the year, the Timberwolves have found themselves struggling in the Western Conference. On Wednesday night, both teams will take the floor at Chase Center looking for a win, with the Timberwolves looking to end their woes.
Golden State has a chance to become the first team in the league to win 10 games on the season if they can get a win here. And they are doing this without Klay Thompson, making their feat even more impressive. But this Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors contest will not be a given for the Warriors, and they will have to continue playing at a high level if they want to avoid being upset on their home floor.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Five Straight Losses
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost each of their last five games, with most of those games coming against high-level competition. The Timberwolves have fallen against elite teams in the West as of late, including the Nuggets, Clippers and Grizzlies during this recent run of losses. If the Wolves want to avoid a sixth straight loss, they are going to have to do a better job on the defensive end, which is no easy task against the Warriors.
Over their last five games, the Timberwolves have given up 115 or more points three times. Here, they face a Warriors team capable of lighting them up from beyond the three-point line. As a result, it is going to take one of the best defensive efforts of the season by any team in order to keep the Wolves from having another defensive meltdown against Steph Curry and company.
Expected Line-Up: D’Angelo Russell, Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns
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Golden State Warriors – Five Straight Wins
While the Minnesota Timberwolves have been struggling, the Golden State Warriors have been thriving. Golden State has won each of its last five games, and has lost just one total game this season as they have started the 2021-2022 campaign with a 9-1 record. Here, the Warriors are a favorite to move to 10-1 and to become the first team in the NBA with 10 wins on the year. But to get there, the Warriors will need to win the battle of the benches.
Minnesota’s bench isn’t all that impressive, with Naz Reid and Malik Beasley being their top reserve pieces. But the Warriors’ bench is the team’s weak link, and has given up plenty of leads in the past while Steph Curry has been off the floor. In this game, the Warriors will need to make sure not to give away their leads while Curry and the starters are off the floor, as their starters should be able to build leads throughout this game.
Expected Line-Up: Steph Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
Expert Pick #1 – Warriors -7 @ -110
The first bet to make in this game is the Warriors at -7 at -110 odds. Golden State is playing on such a higher level than the Timberwolves to this point in the season, and it is worth pulling the trigger on the Warriors because of that. Expect Steph Curry and the Warriors to use their ball movement to get the Timberwolves defense out of sorts throughout this game.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 221.5 @ -110
Next, take the over 221.5 in this game at -110 odds. The Timberwolves are a wreck defensively, and could very well give up 115 points for the fourth time in six games here. If they do that, the Warriors should give up enough buckets on the other end for the Timberwolves to contribute to the over. But the bulk of the scoring in this game will be done by the Warriors and it will be enough for an over.
Expert Pick #3 – Steph Curry Under 31.5 Points @ -105
While we are expecting the Warriors to win this game, taking Steph Curry to go under 31.5 points at -105 odds is our final bet for this game. Curry scored 50 in his last outing against the Hawks. But he had scored under 25 points in each of his last four games before that outburst. Expect him to have a more subdued performance in this game, as he might even be able to rest for the fourth quarter.
Expect the Golden State Warriors to ride the superiority of their starters to a big lead in this game, and for the Warriors to never look back. Golden State is on fire right now, as players other than Steph Curry are contributing in big ways for them. Laying the points with the Warriors is the prudent play here.