Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Little Caesars Arena)
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Will he play or will he sit? That is the question surrounding Monday’s NBA matchup featuring Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons (4-6) when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-4) at Little Caesars Arena. Griffin has said that he will play, but he is listed as probable in some places and out in others.
In an injury-plagued season so far for Detroit, Griffin isn’t the only question mark walking into Monday’s matchup. Derrick Rose practiced Sunday but is listed as out for Monday, while Tim Frazier is listed as probable for Monday’s matchup. That’s a whole lot of questions for the Pistons who have dealt with lots of questions all year so far in 2019-20.
If Griffin plays, he will assuredly be on a minutes restriction and his overall impact on the game will probably be limited at this point in his recovery from knee surgery. The Pistons could use some help as they have been unable to put together any sort of streak this season aside from a pair of two-game losing streaks. Detroit hasn’t been great this year with a pair of wins over Indiana while it was still injury-stricken (the Pacers, who are getting healthy, defeated Detroit on Friday), as well as wins over Brooklyn and New York, teams with a combined record of 12-17.
In Friday’s loss to Indiana, six Pistons scored in double figures led by Luke Kennard’s 29 points, while Andre Drummond added 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Langston Galloway came off the bench for 19 points. On the season, Drummond leads the way with 21.2 points and an NBA-best 18.0 rebounds per game, while Rose adds 20.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. Kennard also averages 18.0 points per game.
Minnesota has been struggling as of late after opening the season at 3-0 and 4-1 with that loss being against Philadelphia. But the Timberwolves are just 2-4 in their last six games and the game against Detroit on Monday will be their third game in four days with the previous two being overtime games. Minnesota surprisingly needed overtime to get past a depleted Golden State team on Friday, then it dropped a 100-98 overtime decision to Denver on Sunday.
In the Denver loss, Minnesota’s stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each scored 25 points while Towns pulled in 16 rebounds while dishing six assists. Josh Okogie came off the bench to score 17 points with eight rebounds in the losing effort. On the season, Towns is 12th in the NBA in scoring 25.7 points per game and he adds 12.2 rebounds -- the seventh-best total in the NBA. Wiggins also scores in the top 20 in the NBA at 17th with 24.6 points per game.
The line on this game came out late, apparently holding out for news on Griffin, and there is no total to try to take the over or under at the time of publication. So this game will have to be determined against the spread. Neither team is necessarily good or bad against the spread with Minnesota coming in a 4-4-1 against the spread and Detroit just behind at 4-5-1. But the NBA is all about which team is fresher, and in this case, it is the Pistons. Not only is this Minnesota’s third game in four days and fourth game in six days, but Detroit is getting healthy. Griffin might play limited minutes, but his fresh legs will keep the rest of his team fresh throughout the game for a team that hasn’t seen game action since Friday. Take the fresher Pistons plus 1.5 points and watch the fresh legs prevail.