2019-20 NBA – Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves taking place? Saturday 23rd November, 2019 – 22:00 (UK)

Where is Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves taking place? Target Center

What channel is Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves on? Sky Sports Arena (UK), Fox Sports (USA, geo-restrictions apply)

Where can I stream Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Phoenix Suns 91 – 118 Minnesota Timberwolves

THE TEAM NEWS

PHOENIX SUNS

  • The Suns impressed earlier this season and got off to a surprising start, but injuries have taken a toll on the team and they are currently going through their worst stretch of form this season. Following a 124-121 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans the last time out, Phoenix extended their losing streak to three games and are 1-4 in their last five.
  • Second-year center DeAndre Ayton remains suspended due to the use of forbidden substances and he will only be eligible to return on December 17th at the earliest. Ty Jerome is also out through mid-December, while Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes are both questionable ahead of this contest. Both should be game-time decisions.
  • Considering Ayton is out, and Rubio is doubtful, this should increase the scoring load on Devin Booker’s shoulders. The shooting has been excellent this season, however, and he currently averages 24.9 points and 6.0 assists per game while shooting a career-high 53.2 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from three-point range.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

  • The Timberwolves are not exactly playing at a high level either and they have struggled with consistency in recent weeks. They are coming off a 105-93 loss to the Utah Jazz the last time out, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five outings. They are just one game above .500 and their 8-7 record has them in seventh place of the Western Conference standings.
  • Jake Layman (toe) has been ruled out for this contest, and he will only be eligible to return on Monday next week at the earliest. Back-up point guard Shabazz Napier has been deemed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, and he will be a game-time decision for the coaching staff.
  • The efficiency is never going to be a part of his game, but it’s impossible to overlook what Andrew Wiggins has been doing for the Timberwolves this season. The Canadian small forward is coming off a 22-point performance the last time out, and he currently averages a career-high 25.6 points with 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

THE PREDICTION

Both Minnesota and Phoenix have been dealing with injuries and inconsistencies in recent weeks, but it is clear Phoenix are far more complicated entering this match as not only are they on a three-game losing run, but they have a realistic possibility of being down three starters while also posting a 2-2 mark on the road. Minnesota do not really thrive when playing at home, with 3-5 and three consecutive defeats, but they should be healthier entering this matchup and that should be enough to list them as favourites.

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