The Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8) will be at home in Target Center when they go head-to-head against the Phoenix Suns (7-13). Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Arizona.
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In the Suns last game, they were blown out by the New Orleans Pelicans, 115-91. Tyson Chandler had a solid performance for Phoenix, putting up 14 points and nine rebounds. New Orleans held the Suns to an effective field goal percentage of 0.404 (below their season average of 0.489). Phoenix, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.4 (above their season average of 23.7).
The Timberwolves are hoping for a better outcome after their 109-97 loss to the Miami Heat in their last matchup. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Miami made 19 of their 39 three pointers (48.7 percent). Minnesota, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (9.5 vs. 13.0).
Minnesota should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Minnesota ranks third in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.8 percent), while Phoenix forces the third-fewest turnovers (13.3 percent).
Of Phoenix’s 20 games, 12 have finished over the O/U total, while 10 of Minnesota’s 19 games have finished under the projected point total. The Timberwolves have the superior straight up (SU) record (11-8 vs. 7-13) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (8-10-1 vs. 8-12).
Jimmy Butler has taken his game to another level over the last five games for Minnesota, averaging 18.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to score 228 points, just under the projected point total of 231. The Suns won 118-110, covering as 10-point underdogs. Phoenix had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.593 vs. 0.427). Minnesota, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.0 vs. 15.7). Devin Booker was a top performer in the victory, with 35 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Under
- The Timberwolves average 18.7 points off turnovers per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Suns rank 29th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.9).
- Minnesota ranks fifth in second chance points per game (14.0) while Phoenix ranks 22nd in second chance points allowed per game (13.5).
- Phoenix ranks seventh in fast break points per game (13.8) while Minnesota ranks 25th in fast break points allowed per game (13.4).
- Phoenix ranks 22nd in three pointers attempted per game (25.9) while Minnesota ranks 29th (22.7).
- Phoenix is 4-3 ATS on the road, while Minnesota is 4-5 ATS at home.
- The total has gone over in 5 of the Suns 7 road games, while 5 of the Timberwolves’ 9 home games have gone under.
- Minnesota is 7-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Phoenix is 1-1.
- The Timberwolves are 10-5 when they reach 100 points, while the Suns are 6-7.
- The Suns rank ninth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Timberwolves rank 26th (3.7).
- Minnesota ranks sixth in rebounds allowed per game (41.6) while Phoenix ranks 29th (47.5).
- The Timberwolves average 46.9 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Suns rank 28th in points allowed in the paint per game (49.1).
- The Suns rank 12th in assists allowed per game (22.0) while the Timberwolves rank 25th (24.3).
- Minnesota averages 9.0 steals per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Phoenix ranks 24th in steals allowed per game (8.7).
- Minnesota is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Phoenix is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Timberwolves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 0.7 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Suns have scored an average of 109.8 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 117.6 points per game (1.9 above their season average).