The Brooklyn Nets host Western Conference minnows Minnesota Timberwolves at the Barclays Center tonight. The Timberwolves have an 11-35 record in the Western Conference and, as a result, are stuck at the bottom of the conference standings. The Nets, on the other hand, are chasing the Philadelphia 76ers for the top spot in the East.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Brooklyn Nets Injury Report
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without defensive stopper Josh Okogie, who has been sidelined due to the league's health and safety policy. D'Angelo Russell remains out with a knee problem, and his progress is being monitored on a day-to-day basis.
Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the campaign following a knee injury. LaMarcus Aldridge will miss out due to undisclosed reasons, while Landry Shamet won't feature due to an ankle issue. Kevin Durant is still undergoing rehabilitation for the hamstring injury he sustained and there is no clarity yet on his return.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Brooklyn Nets Predicted Lineups
The Minnesota Timberwolves will start the game with the guard duo of Ricky Rubio and Malik Beasley, with Anthony Edwards playing at the 3. Beasley has arguably been the Wolves' best player this campaign, averaging 20 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on 40% shooting from downtown.
Jaden McDaniels will start at power forward, while Karl-Anthony Towns will take his usual position at the center spot. Jake Layman and Jarred Vanderbilt will come off the bench to play backup minutes in place of the aforementioned frontcourt pair.
Steve Nash will field the superstar backcourt of Kyrie Irving and James Harden in the opening minutes. James Harden has played at an MVP level, putting up 25.8 points and 11 assists per game. Joe Harris and veteran Jeff Green will start at the forward spots, with DeAndre Jordan playing center.
Bruce Brown has been a revelation for the championship hopefuls, averaging 8 points and 4.5 rebounds in limited minutes.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Brooklyn Nets Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard - Ricky Rubio, Shooting Guard - Malik Beasley, Small Forward - Anthony Edwards, Power Forward - Jaden McDaniels, Center - Karl-Anthony Towns
Point Guard - Kyrie Irving, Shooting Guard - James Harden, Small Forward - Joe Harris, Power Forward - Jeff Green, Center - DeAndre Jordan