Curry, Bell, Iguodala out for Warriors in Portland

Curry, Bell, Iguodala out for Warriors in Portland”

The last time these teams met, January 25th 2018, Golden State Warriors beat 126-113 (Durant: 10th career triple-double). Portland's rebounding was their largest advantage. The Timberwolves fell to 2-3 without All-Star guard Jimmy Butler, who is out with a torn meniscus, and have dropped three straight after a 117-109 loss at home to Boston on Thursday night.

It was a complete team effort from the Wolves on both ends of the court.

This showdown figures to be a shootout as a pair of the league's best offenses go head-to-head.

With Stephen Curry out against the Minnesota Timberwolves it was known that Kevin Durant was going to have to take on a bigger role for the Golden State Warriors, and he sure seemed to do that. The Warriors also struggled on that end against the Blazers in their last game, surrendering 131.5 points per 100 possessions.

Curry has played in 50 of the Warriors' 66 games. Minnesota are 4-7 without him, including 2-5 against opponents with winning records.

The four-time NBA All-Star has made a huge difference in his first season in Minnesota, as the Timberwolves have already won seven more games than a year ago. The team needs work on defensive rebounds per game (#27), blocks per game (#23) and three point percentage (#19). He shot 57.1% from the field, making 12 of his 21 attempts (10/10 from the line, 6/12 from three-point range). Minnesota was, meanwhile, 6-20 (30.0 percent).

Even without Butler, the Timberwolves are not having issues scoring.

Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.3) while Golden State ranks 29th (8.8). With the Warriors only losing 39 games over that stretch, that's significant.

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Warriors are 5-point road favorites to knock off the Timberwolves this afternoon.

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