Washington Wizards vs Minnesota Timberwolves Preview


Wizards 0-5 vs Timberwolves 2-2

When: Friday, January 1, at 8p.m.

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

TV: NBCSWA, NBA League Pass / Radio: WFED 1500 AM



Injury

Wizards: Russell Westbrook (Day to Day/ Rest)

Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell (Out/ Left Calf), Josh Okogie (Out/Hamstring), Karl Anthony-Towns (Out/ Left Wrist)



Wizards -

113.3 - points per game

121.0 - points against

47.7 - Field Goal %

Timberwolves -

104.8 - points per game

115.8 - points against

41.5 - Field Goal %


Keep an eye on:

Wolves Offensive Rebounding/Turnovers: production are among the best in the league. Even with Karl Anthony Towns sidelined, the Wolves rank first in the league in offensive rebounding and sixth in turnovers, only giving the ball up 13.5 times a game. With Washington ranking 21st in the NBA in defensive rebounding (42.8) and 26th in steals (6.4), this will be a major issue for the Wizards in their hopes to earn their first win of the season. A group effort on the defensive boards and more fundamentally sound defense will be key tonight.


A SENSE OF PRIDE DEFENSIVELY: Washington allows 122.2 points per game which ranks 26th in the league. Opponents are shooting 48 percent from field against Washington, which has them ranked 22nd and they are dead last in the league as they see opponents convert 25.2 free throws a game. Need I say more?


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