The Wolves have just snapped their 11-game losing streak and their 3 year losing streak in the month of April against the Detroit Pistons. Tonight, the Wolves look to keep the ball rolling and try to end their injury-hit and then-hopeful season with a bang. With just 2 games remaining for the Timberwolves, both being at Target Center, the Wolves must do everything and anything they can to have a good ending to a lockout season.
Tonight the Wolves look to avenge their recent 97-94 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who were also part of the Wolves’ season-high 11-game losing streak. Since defeating the Timberwolves at Target Center, the Warriors have only won 1 of their last 9 games and have just been as bad as the Timberwolves as of late. With David Lee out with a groin injury and Kevin Love still questionable to return from a mild concussion suffered against a game versus Denver a week ago, both teams will have to find a different go-to-guy to bring either team a win tonight.
J.J. Barea has been the go-to-guy for the T-Wolves as of late and coming off a 13 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds night, Barea will be looked upon to carry the Timberwolves to their first back-to-back win in the month of April in three years. Nikola Pekovic has also been the beast inside for the Wolves as he has to manage the paint all alone with Kevin Love sitting out. Michael Beasley has also stepped up his game during the losing streak and against Detroit where he poured in 13 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
The Warriors as of late have used their rookies to the max. Their starting lineup basically contains 4 rookies and either Dorell Wright or Richard Jefferson completing the lineup. Among the 4 rookies in the starting five for the Warriors, Klay Thompson has been the brightest among them. Thompson has been averaging 22.3 points per game in the Warriors’ last three games where they faced playoff teams like the Mavericks and Lakers.
The Warriors have lost 8 straight games and are now the team looking to end their losing streak against a team that had just recently ended theirs.
Prediction: With or without Kevin Love, Wolves win the game giving the fans at Target Center a long awaited victory at home.
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