Two of the hottest teams in the league today will go at it early Sunday morning as the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Which unicorn-led team will score a victory?
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Away: Milwaukee Bucks (44-26/20-14 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jrue Holiday
- SG: Grayson Allen
- SF: Khris Middleton
- PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- C: Bobby Portis
After getting tripped up by the Golden State Warriors last Sunday, the Bucks immediately got back to their winning ways and defeated the Utah Jazz (117-111) and the Sacramento Kings (135-126) to go 2-1 in their current road trip that ends Sunday in the Twin City. The Bucks have now won eight of nine games and will look to stay hot when they battle Minnesota in a rematch. The Bucks are after revenge here as they lost to Minnesota at home back in October.
That was when the Bucks were in the middle of a slow start. This time, Giannis Antetokounmpo and company are seemingly playing at their absolute peak. Over their last 10 games, the Bucks are averaging 125.0 points while also shooting 41.4% from behind the arc. Milwaukee’s offense is definitely a big threat to the Timberwolves, who have recently given up 139 points to the San Antonio Spurs and 121 points to the Portland Trail Blazers. Antetokounmpo, who is leading the Bucks with 29.8 points per game, dropped 40 points in the first meeting with Minnesota this season.
Home: Minnesota Timberwolves (41-30/23-12 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: D’Angelo Russell
- SG: Patrick Beverley
- SF: Anthony Edwards
- PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
- C: Karl-Anthony Towns
The Timberwolves are on a high after embarrassing LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in last Thursday’s 124-104 victory at home. Karl-Anthony Towns took advantage of the Lakers’ slim frontcourt and blasted them with 30 points on 8/15 shooting while nailing all his 13 attempts from the foul line. Speaking of which, the Timberwolves are among the best foul-drawing teams in the NBA, getting 20.8 personal per game off opponents. Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell will be aiming to rebound from a salty offensive night, as he only had six points on 2/11 shooting against the Lakers.
But in the win over Milwaukee, the former Ohio State Buckeyes star went off for 29 points on 12/25 shooting. Towns and Anthony Edwards each had 25 points in that game as well. Although their defense remains suspect, the Timberwolves can make up for that with the highest-scoring offense in the league. They are No. 1 in the NBA with 115.2 points per game and are second overall with 14.7 threes per contest.
Spread: Who’s stopping the Timberwolves? Whether it’s the Bucks is something that remains to be seen, but Minnesota is going to be competitive enough here to score a cover (+3).
Over/Under: The offenses of these teams are incredible but at 243.5, I’m going to go with Under.