The Golden State Warriors are in the dog days of the NBA regular season — and it definitely shows.
Coming off of its fifth loss in seven games, Golden State has found it increasingly difficult to hold on to late-game leads and close out contests, particularly in the fourth quarter.
With the first leg of a four-game road trip next on the menu for the Warriors, Golden State will look to find some traction and re-establish itself as a top-tier team in the Western Conference against the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night.
This is the Warriors’ fourth and final meeting with Minnesota this season after posting a 2-1 record against the Timberwolves. In their last exchange, the Warriors walked away with a 124-115 win behind 29 points and 6 assists from Stephen Curry.
Only playing in two of the three games, Curry has averaged 27 points against Minnesota. Golden State will need his scoring punch as it will be without Klay Thompson for the second straight game due to an illness.
Along with Thomson, the Warriors will not see Nemanja Bjelica (thigh contusion), Draymond Green (back), Andre Iguodala (back tightness) and James Wiseman (knee rehab) in game-action at Target Center.
As for Minnesota, getting former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards back on track has been a top priority after the guard averaged a mere 37-percent shooting percentage from the floor in the month of February.
While starting guard — and former Warrior — D’Angelo Russell has been able to carry the scoring load as of late (averaging 27.6 points over the team’s last three games), they’ll need Edwards’ athleticism and scoring punch to keep up with the Warriors.
How to watch
Matchup: Golden State Warriors (43-18) Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (33-29)
Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 5:00 PM PT
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Spread: Warriors -3
Moneyline: Warriors -152, Timberwolves +128
Odds courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook