Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat Prediction: Karl Anthony Towns' Time to Shine

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat prediction and pick for Saturday's game. Handicapper Jonathan Macri breaks down the Wolves vs Heat in his best pick for Saturday's NBA games.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat Prediction: Karl Anthony Towns' Time to Shine

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Fill in the blank: Tonight's matchup with the Miami Heat is the biggest game for the Minnesota Timberwolves since ___________ ?

Let's set the stage. The Timberwolves franchise has been to the playoffs one time in the last 18 years, losing in five mostly non-competitive first-round games to the Houston Rockets. That team was led by Jimmy Butler, a mercenary brought in by Tom Thibodeau to try and fast track a rebuild that clearly wasn't ready to take the next step yet. Butler got fed up with the whole situation, demanded a trade, and the entire thing was nothing more than a messy setback.

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This year feels different. These Wolves, led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, with some really good supporting work from D'Angelo Russell and a host of complimentary players who know their roles, are mostly homegrown. They are also damn good, with the 13th best record in the league that undersells their 10th ranked net rating. They also recently won six in a row, and in what they can only hope was a team looking forward to a huge game, blew a bad game to the Magic last night.

The good news is that they got it out of their system. The better question is, what does Karl Anthony Towns have in store for a tough matchup? He's putting up a 50-40-80 season and has an argument for the most diverse scoring big man in the sport. Against Bam Adebayo, he's 6-1 in his career but was held to only 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in November. This will be a test.

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This spread is large enough to feel good about the pick even if you don't think Minny can win. If the Wolves win, they get to within two games of the Nuggets. They looked past the Magic, but they'll be ready here. Take the points on the road.

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