Anthony Edwards (1) drives to the basket
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) throws a pick against New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart as forward Anthony Edwards (1) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pistons vs. Timberwolves, Feb. 3

Kyle Barrette

A solid two and a half quarters is never enough to get the job done. The Nets completely fell apart in the second half and lost the game outright by 11. We look to start a new streak with an interesting scenario here where these two teams will play against each other in back-to-back games. Do the Pistons have any chance of pulling off an upset? Or will the Timberwolves take both games? Let’s break it down and find out.

The T-wolves have a few guys on their injured list and it’s unclear who will and who won’t suit up for this game. The biggest name on their list is D’Angelo Russell. Russell is averaging 19 points and seven rebounds per game and would be a significant loss. This Timberwolves offense has climbed itself into the top five in the league, averaging 112 per game. A lot of this has been the overall play from their bench, which has been able to operate at a really high level and continue to score. Defensively, the Timberwolves have a bit of work to do as they come in ranked 20th in the league, allowing right around 111 per game. The Pistons are going to be up against a big challenge here as Minnesota has scored over 115 in six of their last seven games.

After a comeback win against the Cavs, Detroit lost by 10 points against the Pelicans and now get fed to the wolves. Bad jokes aside, there should be some concern here as Cunningham might not be able to suit up for this game. The rookie is listed as a game-time decision for tonight. That would be a major blow for Detroit, whose offense is already near the bottom of the league. Detroit ranks 29th in the league in offense, only averaging 102 per contest. They don’t look much better on the other side of the ball, as they rank 24th defensively, allowing 111 points per game. It’s going to take a lot for the Pistons to pull off the upset given their recent play, and even more if their star player is out.

Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves the Pick: Timberwolves -7
The only way the Pistons cover here is if the Timberwolves don’t take them seriously.. With this being game one of their back-to-back series, I don’t think we see that in this game, and if we do, it would be in game two. The Pistons don’t have the offense to keep up with Minnesota, who should be scoring all game long here. Take the Timberwolves -7.

Same Game Parlay:
Timberwolves -7, Anthony Edwards First Basket, Timberwolves to win by 1-10 Pts and Timberwolves team total over 118.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +7302

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