Saturday, January 29 2022

Through 2 Quarters

Down three at the end of last quarter, the Phoenix Suns have now snagged the lead. At halftime neither squad has the contest in the bag, but Phoenix leads 42-41 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Suns have been led by center Deandre Ayton, who so far has 15 points along with seven rebounds. A double-double would be Ayton’s fourth in a row. One thing to keep an eye out for is Jae Crowder’s foul situation as he currently sits at three.

Minnesota has been relying on shooting guard Malik Beasley, who has nine points and three assists in addition to five boards and two steals, and center Karl-Anthony Towns, who has 15 points and two assists in addition to nine rebounds.

Minnesota hasn’t been much of a second-half team this season, losing 83% of the time when they were down at the break.

Who’s Playing

Phoenix @ Minnesota

Current Records: Phoenix 9-3; Minnesota 4-8

What to Know

The Phoenix Suns might have tired legs after a matchup yesterday as they head on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. ET Nov. 15 at Target Center. Phoenix will be strutting in after a victory while Minnesota will be stumbling in from a loss.

You can’t lose the game if you win every quarter, and that was precisely the Suns’ strategy against the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Phoenix blew past Houston 115-89. Phoenix’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of center JaVale McGee, who posted a double-double on 19 points and 14 boards in addition to three blocks, and shooting guard Devin Booker, who had 26 points and six assists along with five rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 129-102 punch to the gut against the Los Angeles Clippers this past Saturday. Minnesota was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 70-43. The top scorer for Minnesota was shooting guard Anthony Edwards (21 points).

Phoenix is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4-point margin of victory. They are currently seven-for-seven against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

Phoenix’s win brought them up to 9-3 while Minnesota’s defeat pulled them down to 4-8. Two offensive stats to keep an eye on: The Suns enter the contest with a 47.70% field goal percentage, which is the best in the league. On the other end of the spectrum, the Timberwolves have only been able to knock down 41.30% percent of their shots, which is the third lowest field goal percentage in the league. We’ll see if Phoenix’s 6.40% advantage translates to a win.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Target Center — Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TV: Bally Sports – Arizona
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $18.00


The Suns are a 4-point favorite against the Timberwolves, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Suns as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Minnesota have won ten out of their last 19 games against Phoenix.

  • Mar 19, 2021 – Phoenix 113 vs. Minnesota 101
  • Mar 18, 2021 – Minnesota 123 vs. Phoenix 119
  • Feb 28, 2021 – Phoenix 118 vs. Minnesota 99
  • Dec 09, 2019 – Phoenix 125 vs. Minnesota 109
  • Nov 23, 2019 – Phoenix 100 vs. Minnesota 98
  • Jan 22, 2019 – Minnesota 118 vs. Phoenix 91
  • Jan 20, 2019 – Minnesota 116 vs. Phoenix 114
  • Dec 15, 2018 – Phoenix 107 vs. Minnesota 99
  • Dec 23, 2017 – Minnesota 115 vs. Phoenix 106
  • Dec 16, 2017 – Phoenix 108 vs. Minnesota 106
  • Nov 26, 2017 – Minnesota 119 vs. Phoenix 108
  • Nov 11, 2017 – Phoenix 118 vs. Minnesota 110
  • Jan 24, 2017 – Minnesota 112 vs. Phoenix 111
  • Dec 19, 2016 – Minnesota 115 vs. Phoenix 108
  • Nov 25, 2016 – Minnesota 98 vs. Phoenix 85
  • Mar 28, 2016 – Minnesota 121 vs. Phoenix 116
  • Mar 14, 2016 – Phoenix 107 vs. Minnesota 104
  • Jan 17, 2016 – Minnesota 117 vs. Phoenix 87
  • Dec 13, 2015 – Phoenix 108 vs. Minnesota 101

Injury Report for Minnesota

  • Naz Reid: Game-Time Decision (Foot)

Injury Report for Phoenix

  • Dario Saric: Out (Knee)



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