The Grizzlies are one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break. The Timberwolves are the very opposite of that. The Wolves are currently on a 10 game losing streak and look to prevent an 11 game losing streak as they square off with Rudy Gay and the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center.
Memphis has already defeated the Timberwolves in their first three meetings of the season. However, none of those games were blowouts as the Grizzlies defeated the Wolves by an average of 5.3 points per game with the highest being 7 points. The Grizzlies may be coming in hot in the second half of the lockout season but the Grizzlies have just came off a loss to the worst Western Conference team, the New Orleans Hornets, where they lost by 13 points. The Grizzlies come into this game with a 35-25 record and are on their way to the NBA playoffs as the #5 seed in the Western Conference. Currently the Grizzlies are 2 and a half games behind the Clippers who have won 4 games in a row already including a big win last night over OKC. At this point the Grizzlies’ chances of having home court advantage in the first round are slim. But a win in Minnesota won’t hurt them and will keep their chances high.
The Wolves are currently playing the role as a spoiler to NBA playoff-bounded teams like the Grizzlies. With Kevin Love and Luke Ridnour out in the past games, it will be tough for the Wolves to play spoiler in the final games of the regular season. The Wolves are now looked upon as a team that playoff teams will use to practice their bench players and prepare them for the playoffs on April 28.
Nikola Pekovic will certainly have to work as he’ll probably be matched up against one of the better power forwards in the NBA today, Zach Randolph. Z-Bo has just recently came off an early season injury and has been helping the Grizzlies in their final weeks before the post season begins.
Rudy Gay has been the leading scorer for the Grizzlies when facing the T-Wolves. Gay has been averaging 19.6 points per game when facing the Wolves which is 1 point above his regular season average. The Wolves will certainly need to muster up all their energy they have for this game in order for them to stop their 10 game losing streak. This is the 4th straight game that MVP candidate Kevin Love will probably have to miss due to a mild concussion and neck strain.
Prediction: With or without Kevin Love, T-Wolves fall for the 11th straight game.
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