The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to bounce back as they face the 9th-seeded Sacramento Kings tonight. The Kings had won their last game against the Timberwolves, but that game just so happens to be Jimmy Butler’s last game on the Timberwolves before he got traded. Despite the 2-game losing streak, the Timberwolves now have a revitalized roster featuring all-star Karl-Anthony Towns, along with a supporting core of Andrew Wiggins, Derrick Rose and Robert Covington.
Ever since the trade, the Timberwolves have found themselves with a 8-5 record since then, while also being a Top 10 Defense. In this game, they are going to have to contain the young Kings squad, featuring sophomore De’Aaron Fox, rookie Marvin Bagley III, and the rising Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield. The Kings play with one of the fastest paces in the entire league, so it’s up to the Timberwolves to match that.
The Kings have been one of the league’s most surprising teams thus far. A lot of analysts had the Kings not even making the playoffs and trying to get a good draft pick, but they now have a winning record. De’Aaron Fox has been amazing so far, and Bagley III has certainly not disappointed as the number 2 overall pick in last year’s draft.
This should be a pretty exciting game to watch, with both teams trying to make the playoffs. In such a loaded Western Conference, each game really matters, so expect both teams trying their hardest in tonight’s game.
The Timberwolves will face Phoenix Suns after this game, and immediately follow it up by facing the Kings once again. The Kings currently lead the season series, 1-0.