Minnesota at Phoenix pk O/U 221.5
Most recent games played by each of these young teams showcased the positive strides that they are making. For Minnesota it was an improbable 99-96 road win over Oklahoma City as +12 point underdogs which gives them a three spread covers in their last four games. In the Suns case, it was a 123-116 loss at Golden State in a game where Phoenix held a 4Q lead as +19 point underdogs. That was the second game since a 21 game injury absence for Suns starting PG Brandon Knight and he had 30 points including seven three pointers. Even though Knight admitted after the game that he’s not there yet, his return makes Phoenix noticeably different offensively. With Knight boosting the perimeter offense and HC Earl Watson’s commitment to feeding the ball inside to 7-1 PF Alex Len (10-of-18, 26 points vs GS), Phoenix is developing a balanced half court attack to go along with their up tempo style. The bench has been strengthened by Knight’s return as well. Meanwhile, Minnesota is much further along with their offensive development as the duo of rookie C Karl Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins have been playing at All-Star levels for the majority of the season. The solid play of surrounding starting pieces of PF Gorgui Deng, PG Ricky Rubio and SG Zach Levine have led Minnesota to the point where they are a very cohesive unit on a nightly basis. The problem for both of these squads remains on the defensive side as they are two of the four worst in FG% allowed and two of the seven worst in points allowed. Despite their effort to improve, can’t see much of that changing here tonight. Expect a high scoring affair tonight and lean here is toward the over.