The Memphis Grizzlies head north to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves in a Western Conference matchup on Sunday. The Grizzlies are coming off a 103-94 defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz on Friday. It was their sixth straight loss. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have won two in a row after their 113-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
Can Grizzlies break losing streak?The Memphis Grizzlies enter Sunday's road contest having lost six straight games. It is the longest current losing streak in the NBA. In their most recent loss, the Grizzlies had a 15 point lead at halftime only to see the Jazz take control in the second half and win by nine. It was the sixth double-digit lead that Memphis has blown this season, which is the most in the league this year. The 15 points was their largest blown lead of the season.
Jonas Valanciunas led the way with his 11th double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks had 11 points apiece and Brandon Clark had 13 points off the bench. They shot just 39.4% from the floor and 29.4% from three-point range.
Morant leads the team for the season with 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game. Jaren Jackson, Jr. comes in with 15.1 points per game and Valanciunas has a team-leading 9.8 rebounds per game to go along with his 13.6 points per game. Memphis is averaging 108.9 points per game, while shooting 45.7% from the floor and 35.3% from three-point range.
Timberwolves try to solve home woesThe Minnesota Timberwolves return home to a place that hasn't been too friendly to them recently. While they sport a 7-2 record on the road, they are just 3-6 at home this season. Minnesota won their second game in a row on Wednesday, beating the San Antonio Spurs for the first time in San Antonio since April 2013, a span of 11 games. Andrew Wiggins led six Timberwolves in double figures with 26 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 23 to go with 14 rebounds. The Timberwolves made a season-high 18 three-pointers in the game. They shot 45% from beyond the arc, compared to 42.2% from two-point range.
“I know I haven’t won here,” Wiggins said in the Associated Press when told of the team's 11 game losing streak in San Antonio. “So, when I heard it, I was like, ‘It sounds correct.’ ”
Minnesota has two players that are in the top 13 in the league in scoring, led by Towns at 26.3 points per game (seventh in the NBA) and Wiggins at 25.3 points per game (13th in the NBA). Towns also averages 12.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. The Timberwolves are shooting 44% from the floor for the season and 32.4% from three-point range. They are averaging 114 points per game.
The following supporting trends found on covers.com are:
- The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games
- The Timberwolves are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
The following supporting trend found on oddsshark.com is:
- The Grizzlies are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games versus the Timberwolves