Heat at Timberwolves Preview and Pick

Heat at Timberwolves Preview: The Miami Heat will be traveling to the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both teams are coming into this matchup with two straight losses. Both teams had trouble on the offensive side and took on some of the league’s best.

The Heat

Miami’s defense has played well recently but they were not able to stop Nikola Joklic and the Nuggets. Miami will be back at home this weekend and Coach Spoelstra is hoping to go into a tough match against the Nets with a win.

The Heat have won six of their last ten matchups and are sitting in second place only 2 games behind the Hawks in the Southeast division.

If they want to make the same amazing playoff run they did last season they are hoping to avoid a first-round matchup with one of the conference’s top 3 teams. In the last 10 games, the Heat are second for opposition points in the paint while giving up the third-fewest second-chance points.

Miami’s offense is not doing so well being the fifth-lowest scoring team in the NBA this season.
Bam Adebayo has been the Heat’s savior offensively and defensively. Adebayo is forming into one of the league’s best big men.

Adebayo has played in 49 of Miami’s 56 games this season and has increased his career average points to 19. He also averages 9.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists with an impressive field goal percentage of 56.2%.

From the line, Adebayo has been great shooting 81% which is a 12% increase from last season. Karl-Anthony Towns could be back on the floor for Friday’s game which would be a great matchup down low between the two big men.

Projected Lineup

Kendrick Nunn (PG), Duncan Robinson (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF), Jimmy Butler (PF), Bam Adebayo (C)

The Timberwolves

Minnesota sits at the bottom of the league with a record of 14-42 but has looked better in the recent weeks. D’Angelo Russel has done great off the bench averaging 19.6 points per game and 4.9 assists.

Anthony Edwards has made a name for himself and has a good chance at winning rookie of the year. He is averaging 18.1 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists with a field goal percentage of 39.8%. In the last 10 games, the Timberwolves took down the Knicks and the Bulls and took the Celtics into overtime scoring 136 points against them.

There are definitely going to be changes made in the summer for the Timberwolves franchise. Towns and Russell are expected to be up for sale in order to give the Wolves a high lottery pick that they can combine with rookie superstar Edwards.

19-year-old Edwards has shown amazing skill this season proving his worth every game. Edwards is a walking highlight reel for the Timberwolves every game he does something amazing.

In his last ten games, he has averaged 23.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He is gaining a lot of knowledge this season and has made 18 shot attempts per night.

Projected Lineup

Ricky Rubio (PG), Anthony Edwards (SG), Josh Okogie (SF), Jaden McDaniels (PF), Naz Reid (C)

Prediction

Minnesota has lost 7 of their last 10 games but has not lost with ease giving their opponents a tough match. The Wolves put up over 135 points against the Celtics and Pacers last week and in the last 10 games rank 11th in points per night.

Despite that, the Heat are looking to clinch the automatic playoff berth so we should assume that Miami will get the win to end their trip. The Heat has a lot more experience than Minnesota and their defense has been great so expect Miami to take home the W.