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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors Free NBA Pick

Friday, November 2 at 10:30 PM ET

ORACLE Arena

Coverage: ESPN

Coming off scoring a career-high 50 points against the Utah Jazz last Wednesday, Derrick Rose tries to help the Minnesota Timberwolves upset the Golden State Warriors.



Minnesota Timberwolves
Derrick Rose finished with a career-high 50 points to go along with six assists, four rebounds and a huge game-saving block to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Utah Jazz, 128-125. Rose was 19-for-31 from the field and he hit four 3-pointers. For years, the former NBA MVP and All-Star has been considered an injury-prone player with his best days behind him but his incredible performance proves that the old Derrick Rose is back.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and four assists for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star Jimmy Butler and point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones. Butler allegedly had "general soreness" but rumors suggest he missed the game as part of his plan to get traded but he's expected to play against the Warriors.

The Timberwolves are averaging 116.0 points per game (8th in the NBA), they grab 43.9 rebounds per game (21st), dish out 23.0 assists per game (21st) and allow 118.5 points per game (26th). Jimmy Butler leads the Timberwolves with 22.5 points and 3.0 steals, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.9 points and team-bests with 10.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and Derrick Rose adds 18.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds off the bench.

 

Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors with 37 points, going 7-for-11 from 3-point range, for his sixth 30-point game of the season in a 131-121 win against the New Orleans Pelicans last Wednesday. Curry also had nine assists, Kevin Durant finished with 24 points and eight assists and Draymond Green added 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season. Golden State turned the ball over 17 times but they made 16 of 32 3-point shots and outscored the Pelicans 32-9 in fast break points.

The Warriors are averaging 125.0 points per game (1st in the NBA), they grab 45.6 rebounds per game (15th), dish out 30.7 assists per game (1st) and allow 111.9 points per game (15th). Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 33.0 points to go along with 5.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds, Kevin Durant is averaging 27.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists and Klay Thompson adds 19.6 points per game.

NBA Trends:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are:

5-0 ATS in their last five games against Pacific Division opponents

4-1 ATS in their last five games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

4-1 ATS in their last five games overall

4-1 ATS in their last five games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game

5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up win

9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings against the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are:

0-4 ATS in their last four games against Northwest Division opponents

There's continued dysfunction within the Timberwolves because of Jimmy Butler wanting to get traded but Derrick Rose's earth-shattering performance can bring them together and Butler has been a man on a mission whenever he's played. I don't see Minnesota winning against Golden State on the road but their offense ranks 8th in the league, averaging 116.0 points per game and they can put up enough points to cover this large spread.

NBA Pick: Timberwolves +11 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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