T’Wolves have tough challenge ahead of them in Golden State

The Minnesota Timberwolves (4-13) claimed the unwanted title of being the first team to lose to the previously winless Philadelphia 76ers at home on Wednesday. They will have to get over that deflating loss when they host the Golden State Warriors (15-2) at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday night. Golden State’s Stephen Curry comes into the matchup averaging 23.7 points. The Warriors have won their past 10 games, leading the league in assists per game. Meanwhile, Minnesota is riding a three-game losing streak and had its worst offensive performance against Philadelphia, going 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

According to ScoreBig, the average price for Timberwolves vs. Warriors tickets is currently $52.46 on the secondary market. The get-in price for the game is $5.00, which is the cheapest Minnesota Timberwolves ticket for a home game this season. Overall, prices have decreased 12% in the past 7 games.

Minnesota looks to build on the performance of Gorgui Dieng (replacing the injured Nikola Pekovic), who was a bright spot in the loss against Philadelphia with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Young stars Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins lead the Timberwolves into the matchup with Golden State scoring an average of 99.4 points per game. However, Minnesota allows an average of 109.6 points per game. Though, the Timberwolves are coming off their best defensive performance of the season, limiting Philadelphia to 39 percent shooting. Golden State comes into the game third in the league in scoring with 106.5 points per game and 45.3 rebounds per game.

This will be the first meeting between Minnesota and Golden State this season. Golden State is 9-1 on the road this season, while the Timberwolves are 2-6 in their stadium. The Warriors have scored over 100 points in each of their past 4 road games, which might create problems with Minnesota’s 29th ranked defense. The Timberwolves will be without their best scorer Kevin Martin due to surgery on an injured wrist. The recovery timetable is around six weeks.

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