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Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Match Preview and Predictions - 23rd November 2019

  • Both the Suns and the Timberwolves come into this match on the back of losses in their last NBA outings.
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Modified 23 Nov 2019, 03:30 IST

Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

Match details

Fixture: Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Date and time: Saturday, 23 November 2019, 5:00 PM ET

Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Last game results

Phoenix Suns (7-7): 124-121 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans (21st November, 2019)

Minnesota Timberwolves (8-7): 103-95 loss against the Utah Jazz (20th November, 2019)


Phoenix Suns preview

The Phoenix Suns started the season on a very bright note despite having their No.1 pick from last year's draft, DeAndre Ayton suspended for 25 games. The Suns are right in the mix for a playoff spot in the West after some very good displays.

Also read: NBA News: Jamal Crawford is confident that he will make a return to the NBA

They are currently the eighth ranked team in the West and have a 7-7 record. They are ahead of some perennial playoff teams like San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Key player - Devin Booker

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Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns
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Devin Booker is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He is the leader for the Suns and his game is perfectly suited for the modern NBA.

He is averaging 25 points and six assists per game for the season. His shooting efficiency numbers are just off the charts. He is shooting 53.2% from the field, 94.1% from the FT line and 48.6% from the 3PT line. Booker will be the key to Suns chances of making the playoffs.

Suns predicted lineup:

Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, K. Oubre Jr., Dario Saric, Frank Kaminsky.


Minnesota Timberwolves preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a hot start to the season led by their two No.1 picks in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They lost their last match against a very good Utah side.

Also read: NBA Trade Watch: Jeff Teague likely to be traded by Minnesota Timberwolves ahead of the trade deadline

The Timberwolves have a 8-7 record and are the seventh ranked team in the Western Conference. They look like a playoff team and have two players averaging above 25 points per game for them. They will look to bounce back with a win against the Suns.

Key player - Andrew Wiggins

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Minnesota Timberwolves v Detroit Pistons

Andrew Wiggins won the Rookie of the Year after getting drafted as the No.1 overall pick. Ever since his rookie year, he has failed to manage the expectations. He looked like a very average NBA player last season and people even labelled him as a bust.

However, this looks like a renaissance season for Wiggins. He looks like a totally different player and has worked hard on his game. He is averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the season and looks like an elite player for the Timberwolves.

Timberwolves predicted lineup:

Jeff Teague, Treveon Graham, Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns.


Suns vs Timberwolves Match Prediction

The Suns and the Timberwolves both look like very good teams and have almost identical records at this point of the season. Both lost their last games and will be looking to get a bounce back win.

We predict the Suns to get a close win in this match against the Timberwolves.


Where to watch Suns vs Timberwolves?

This Western Conference match-up can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports North, or you can stream it live online with NBA League Pass.

Published 23 Nov 2019, 03:30 IST
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