Will Stephen Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 01/25/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard-forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) after scoring a three point basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors are back in action as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. It is the first of their two consecutive encounters with them. They lock horns at the Chase Center today, at 10 pm EST.

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After beating the Lakers and the Spurs, the Warriors have now lost two games in a row. They have been terribly inconsistent throughout the season, and need to build stability, in order to qualify for the playoffs.

The Timberwolves have been much worse and are easily the worst team in the West. They somehow managed a win against the Pelicans in their last game, despite not having Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. But if Towns doesn’t return soon, they will be back in the lottery once again.

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Golden State Warriors: expected lineup

The Warriors have a fully healthy team except for Alen Smailagic (knee), who will return next month. So they will continue with their same lineup as the previous game.

Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) high fives forward Draymond Green (23) as a time out is called by the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

They will start with Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins as their guards, Kelly Oubre Jr and Draymond Green as their forwards, while James Wiseman plays as the center.

Minnesota Timberwolves: expected lineup

The Timberwolves have three players on their injury list, and two of them are their best players. Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19 protocol) is still out, while D’Angelo Russell (quadriceps) is listed as questionable. Juancho Hernangomez (COVID-19 protocol) is also out for the game.

Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) hugs guard D’Angelo Russell (0) following the game against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

They could have an unchanged lineup as well, with Ricky Rubio and Malik Beasley as their guards, Josh Okogie and Jarred Vanderbilt as their forwards, and Naz Reid as their center.

Predictions

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With the Timberwolves missing their two best players, the Warriors are easily the favorites. While the Timberwolves will be hoping they can pull off another upset, the Warriors should be able to bounce back with a win tonight.

Last game they were outclassed by a much better Jazz, but the Wolves are arguably the worst team. If Russell recovers in time for the game, it will be his first game at the Chase Center, since the Warriors traded him away. The other player in that trade, Wiggins, will be aiming to get his revenge on the team that cast him out.

The Timberwolves were spirited in their last game, but the Warriors will be expected to win this comfortably.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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