A pair of conference rivals face off on Tuesday, March 19 as the Timberwolves (32-38, 23-10 home) host the Warriors (47-22, 23-12 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at Target Center.
These two teams have tangled two times this year, with the Warriors winning on two occasions. The last time they clashed on December 11th, 2018, Golden State won 116-108 behind 38 points from Stephen Curry.
The Warriors opened as 6.5-point favorites for this game, with an over/under total of 230. That’s a sizeable spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re thinking of betting on the Warriors. Golden State is 28-40-1 against the spread this season and 33-36-0 over/under. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 34-36-0 ATS and 39-31-0 over/under.
Golden State enters the game ranked 13th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 111.8 points per contest and are holding opponents to 47.0% from the field and 35.0% from deep. Offensively, they’re averaging 117.7 points and are ninth in rebounds and first in assists.
On the flip side, Minnesota ranks 12th in offensive rating. The Timberwolves are averaging 112.6 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 17th in rebounds and 15th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 113.5 points per game and are 11th in field goals allowed and 30th in three-pointers allowed.
Both squads have been busy lately. The Timberwolves are fresh off of a 117-102 loss vs the Rockets in Houston in which they were 10 for 32 from deep and won the war on the glass 65-51.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are fresh off a 105-111 loss against the Spurs in San Antonio in which they handed out 27 dimes and came up with seven swipes. Stephen Curry led the way with 25 points.
All told, the Warriors have won five of their last ten games and are first in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves have dropped seven of their previous ten and are 10th in the Western Conference.