After two No. 1 picks in the last seven NBA drafts and two more top-six picks, plus D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves (2–0) look like they are ready to take the next step. Minnesota will host the struggling Pelicans (0–3) on Monday.
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Game Date: Oct. 25, 2021
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBA League Pass Channel 9
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In Timberwolves' first meeting of the season with the Pelicans on Saturday, they held strong behind Karl Anthony-Towns, who scored a team-high 25 points to lead Minnesota to a 96–89 win.
While back-to-back games against the Pelicans do not provide a strong test of Minnesota's potential, these early-season starts could help the team build rhythm, momentum and confidence.
The Timberwolves rank seventh-best in the league in points allowed per game (97.5) and second in defensive rating (93.1). They rank first in both blocks and steals per game and in the top four in both opponent field goal percentage (fourth at 40.1%) and opponent three-point percentage (third at 27.4%).
Anthony-Towns, Russell and Anthony Edwards lead the team on offense. They are combining for 68.5 points, 10.0 assists and 17.5 rebounds per game.
In contrast, the lowly Pelicans are 28th in net rating (minus-14.1) and in the bottom third in nearly every offensive category. They have looked lifeless without Zion Williamson, who remains sidelined after offseason foot surgery.
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