Venue: Target Center
Home: Minnesota Timberwolves
Away: Sacramento Kings
29.01.2023, @04:00 AM (+03:00 UTC)
The NBA Regular Season is nearing the trade deadline and we can see a rapid roster shuffle. We are less than two weeks away from the deadline and management is going to be busy finding out which players fit their roster. More about that later, before that, we jump into the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to take on the Sacramento Kings in an inter-Confrence battle.Claim Your Registration Bonus!
The Timberwolves enter the game after defeating Grizzlies 111:100 as Anthony Edwards scooped up 25 points. They have now won two in a row and have won 10 out of their 15 games this month which has been their best return and has helped them to 26 wins but a poor window in December means they have 25 losses. They have been playing without Karl Anthony-Towns who has been out for more than two months.
Anthony Edwards has been averaging over 26 points(best month this season) which have enabled the team to be effective offensively. D’Angelo Russell has averaged around 19 and is making 3.2 three-pointers a game on 46%. But the main difference has been their defense and having Jaden McDaniels has brought them amazing discipline. But will this be enough to advance their push to the top-six rankings.
The Kings come into this game after losing 95:113 against the Raptors despite a 21 points performance by Kevin Huerter. This loss was a surprise one against a struggling team and the Kings have showcased some lax play at home from time to time. They have lost two of the last three games but in an extended window, they have had seven wins in nine games leading to 27 wins and 20 losses but their record can take a hit considering they will play seven in a row away from home.
Despite the last game’s breakdown, the Kings have been among the elite scoring units. They have the capability to both shoot outside and ifinish nside. Domantas Sabonis has been the most effective al-around player whereas De’Aaron Fox has had more offensive help than ever. Kevin Huerter has taken the team’s shooting to another level. Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes are two wings that can score a ton but the bench has been a bit weak.
- Timberwolves: OUT: Taurean Prince, Karl Anthony-Towns, Jordan McLaughlin;
- Kings: No injuries to report at the time of writing.
Player Props Predictions
- Expected Leading Scorers: De’Aaron Fox(25-31 Points), Anthony Edwards(25-31 Points);
- Expected Leading Rebounders: Domantas Sabonis(14-17 Rebounds), Rudy Gobert(11-14 Rebounds);
- Expected Leading Playmakers: Domantas Sabonis(9-11 Assists), D’Angelo Russell(6-8 Assists).
Expert Betting Tips
The Kings have been a sweet surprise but they have their vulnerabilities, especially on the defensive end. The Wolves' play this month has sprung fresh hopes for a direct Playoffs spot and their defense has been on the next level. The Fox vs Edwards match-up is crucial but the Sabonis-Gobert rebounding battle is even more intriguing. I believe the Kings will be ready here and may take down the improved Wolves. I predict a scoreline of 119:116 in the Kings’ favor.