A pair of teams in different situations for the postseason take the floor in the Twin Cities in interconference action. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they make the trip to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night. Toronto knocked off Miami 117-109 in overtime at home on Sunday afternoon in their last game. Minnesota was outgunned 132-126 at home by Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon. The Raptors own a 30-15 edge in the all-time regular season series and have taken two straight meetings, including a 112-105 home win in the first matchup this season on October 24, 2018.
Toronto Raptors Look to Maintain Momentum Heading to Postseason
Toronto bounced back from a last-second loss to Charlotte on the road as they hung tough to dispatch Miami in overtime. The Raptors are locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so they are playing to stay sharp while avoiding injury. Toronto trailed by one after the opening quarter and by seven at the half before rallying to force overtime. In the extra session, the Raptors outscored the Heat 14-6 to get the victory. Toronto shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 16 of 41 from three-point range, and overcame a 55-47 disadvantage on the glass. Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam (10 rebounds) each had 23 points to lead the way in the win.
The Raptors currently are 7th in the league by averaging 114.4 points per game. Toronto stands in the middle of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 17th with 45.1 boards per game. The Raptors are 13th in the league in assists with 25.4 dimes a night. Toronto is 9th in scoring defense as they give up 108.5 points per game. The Raptors are 6th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Toronto is 8th in the league by sinking 12.3 three pointers per game. The Raptors are tied for 6th in the league in three-point shooting as they hit 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Raptors are 7-3 in their last 10 games as they prepare for a hopefully lengthy postseason run. Kawhi Leonard puts up 24.1 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. Pascal Siakam puts up a solid 21.8 points plus seven boards a game: he is shooting 59.1 percent from the field, including hitting 46.9 percent from beyond the arc in that stretch.
Minnesota Timberwolves Playing Out the String
Minnesota had their chances against the Thunder but came up short, seeing their two-game win streak snapped in the process. The Timberwolves, who are eliminated from playoff contention while standing 11th in the West, will try to deal a defeat to the Raptors in Toronto’s season finale. Minnesota was down seven after the opening quarter but rallied to lead by two after three quarters before Oklahoma City regrouped. A 16-2 run by the Thunder put the Timberwolves down 10 midway through the fourth and they couldn’t draw closer than four after that. Minnesota shot 54.1 percent from the field, including 10 of 23 from three-point range, but lost the rebounding battle 46-32 while allowing the Thunder to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 35 points and seven rebounds in the los
The Timberwolves come into this game 13th in scoring with 112.9 points a game. Minnesota is 18th in rebounding with 45 boards a night and 15th in assists by dishing out 24.6 dimes per contest. The Timberwolves are 24th in scoring defense as they allow 114.1 points per game. Minnesota is 17th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.7 percent from the field as a team this season. The Timberwolves are tied for 23rd with 10 three-pointers a night while ranking tied for 16th in three-point shooting at 35.1 percent this year. Minnesota is just 4-6 in their last 10 games despite ranking 13th in the league in scoring offense with 114.5 points a game in that stretch. The Timberwolves are 26th in scoring defense in that stretch, allowing 118 points per game. Minnesota is tied for 22nd in field goal percentage defense (47.9 percent), 26th in three-point percentage defense as they allow opponents to drill 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 25th in threes per game (13.3) in that stretch. Karl-Anthony Towns has been on fire in that stretch, putting up 23.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He is shooting 48.8 percent from the floor, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. Andrew Wiggins chips in 21.4 points plus 5.2 rebounds per game in those contests. Minnesota has ruled out Robert Covington, who hasn’t played since December 31, Derrick Rose, and Jeff Teague out for the year. That means some of their young, unproven guys have to step up and contribute.
- Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games
- Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest