Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons: Odds, injuries, game preview

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a third consecutive victory as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons: Odds, injuries, game preview

The Timberwolves have won three in a row against the Pistons and will look to keep the streak going with a pair of games against Detroit this week.

The Wolves are fresh off consecutive home wins over the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets as Karl-Anthony Towns recorded a 31-point triple-double against Utah, while Jaden McDaniels added a season-high 22 points off the bench. Minnesota then moved past the Nuggets on Tuesday despite Anthony Edwards scoring a season-low five points in 26 minutes.

Chris Finch’s bench scored 68 points in the dominant win over Denver. The Timberwolves improved to 26-25 and sit in 7th place in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Pistons are near the bottom of the league, going 3-7 over their last 10 games, including a 111-101 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Detroit is currently 12-38 and No. 14 in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons odds

The Timberwolves are 7.5-point favorites and the over/under is set at 228 prior to tip-off against the Pistons per William Hill Sportsbook.

Detroit is 8-16 at home, while Minnesota is 11-15 on the road so far this season. The Timberwolves have a +1.3 average margin of victory, compared to the Pistons’ NBA-worst -9.3 point differential.

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Anthony Edwards should be able to rebound at Detroit after struggling from the field against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

He has scored less than 10 points only four times this season and responded with a 20+ point performance in the following matchup each time thus far. The sophomore sensation is averaging 22.3 points per game on 36.3 percent from deep.

Towns has also eclipsed the 20-point mark in 10 of his last 12 outings. The Wolves’ center is averaging a team-high 24.4 points and 9.5 rebounds on 51.8 percent from the field. Minnesota’s duo should be able to score early and often against a subpar defense. The Timberwolves are averaging 120.1 points over the last 10 games.

Cade Cunningham has played well for the Pistons lately but is questionable for Thursday with a right hip pointer. The rookie guard is averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Even if Cunningham plays, Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey will also be heavily involved on offense. The forwards scored a combined 24 points on 23 shots versus the Pelicans.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Detroit Pistons injury report

The Pistons will potentially be without the aforementioned Cunningham, while Josh Jackson (spine) is also questionable to play. Isaiah Livers (foot) has been ruled out.

Minnesota is expected to be without starting point guard D’Angelo Russell (lower leg bruise), who has missed the last three games and is scoring 18.8 points and a team-high 6.9 assists per game.

Patrick Beverley (ankle) is likely going to be available but could be a possible scratch in Detroit and is officially listed as questionable. Josh Okogie (quad) and Leandro Bolmaro (ankle) are also questionable.

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We’ll have game takeaways and player grades up after the game. Enjoy it, and here’s to 27-25!