PHX vs MIN Dream11: Phoenix Suns will be looking for a response when they host Minnesota Timberwolves at Talking Stick Resort Arena, in a matchup between the two teams heading down and South in recent weeks. Both the teams have an identical return from the last 10 games, but Timberwolves' situation looks more concerning due to their patchy start to the season, The Suns, on the other hand, are still loitering about on the fringes of playoffs, despite winning just three times in the last 10 games, and that is down to the positive return they managed in the early going.
As mentioned, both the teams have an identical return in the last 10 matches, which means, the Timberwolves also have 3 wins in that stretch. But the Wolves are on a four-game losing streak, with the latest coming against the Los Angeles Lakers in the last game, while the Suns have two wins in the last four, so they arrive for this tilt with better momentum.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
There have been 113 meetings between these two teams in the NBA regular season before their next assignments. Phoenix Suns have a clear heads up in the head-to-head with 71 wins, while the wolves have triumphed in 42 games.
Total Games: 113
Phoenix Suns: 71
Minnesota Timberwolves: 42
That said, we all know the Suns have been behind the clouds for some time now, and almost every team has a positive return against them. And it's no surprise that the Wolves are also on a good recent run against them, winning 8 times in the last 12 games.
Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Minnesota Timberwolves
Match Timing: December 10, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Devin Booker: Arrive in this game as the clear-cut best player on the Phoenix Suns' roster. He can be deadly and Wolves' have a fight on their hands considering he is in very good form of late, and also because he dropped 35 points the last time Wolves faced him.
Points Per Game: 25.5
Rebounds Per Game: 3.9
Assists Per Game: 6.2
Steals Per Game: 0.6
Blocks Per Game: 0.3
Karl-Anthony Towns: Had to defend a lot against LeBron James and Anthony Davis and that's why his offensive return was a bit on the downside in this game. But back him to have more impact in this match.
Points Per Game: 26.2
Rebounds Per Game: 11.9
Assists Per Game: 4.5
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 1.4
Andrew Wiggins: Had a rather quiet evening against the Lakers by his own lofty standard. But that was mostly down to the Lakers' two superstars, and so expect him to be more of himself in this game.
Points Per Game: 22.7
Rebounds Per Game: 6.2
Assists Per Game: 3.3
Steals Per Game: 1.2
Blocks Per Game: 0.4
Kelly Oubre Jr.: He will be challenging Towns in this game in every department be it the executing the job inside the pain, or get on top on the offensive.
Points Per Game: 17.2
Rebounds Per Game: 6.0
Assists Per Game: 1.5
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 0.7
Game-changes from Suns:
Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky all are averaging in the double-digits for the Suns.
Game-changers from the Timberwolves:
Jeff Teague: He is scoring at 13.0 points per game.
Robert Covington: Was impressive from 3-point range against the Lakers and will be looking to have another solid outing against the Suns.
Phoenix Suns Team News:
Status out: Aaron Baynes is out with a calf injury. DeAndre Ayton is serving a 25-game ban for using a performance-enhancing drug and remains unavailable at this point in time. No other injury problems for the hosts.
Status questionable: Dario Saric (sore lower back) and Mikal Bridges (sprained finger) both will be game-time decisions.
Phoenix Suns squad: Devin Booker, Dario Šarić, Mikal Bridges, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo, Tyler Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Jared Harper, Jalen Lecque, Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo
Minnesota Timberwolves Team news:
Status out: Jake Layman will miss the game due to a toe injury. Naz Reid is also expected to be out as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.
Status questionable: Andrew Wiggins (finger injury) and Jeff Teague (ankle injury) both featured against the Lakers despite having some health issues. The duo remains questionable.
Minnesota Timberwolves squad: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Bell, Robert Covington, Jarrett Culver, Gorgui Dieng, Treveon Graham, Kelan Martin, Jordan Murphy, Shabazz Napier, Josh Okogie
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PF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
SF: Dario Saric
C: Frank Kaminsky
PG: Devin Booker
SG: Ricky Rubio
PF: Robert Covington
SF: Josh Okogie
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Jarrett Culver
Phoenix Suns: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Yogi Ferrell, Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles, Trevor Ariza
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jordan Bell, Keita Bates-Diop, Gorgui Dieng, Treveon Graham, Shabazz Napier, Kelan Martin
Hardly either team has the form to make a case better for them, but the Suns are at home and are better on the season, so they are favourite before the game.