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Game Preview: Golden State Warriors host Minnesota Timberwolves looking for 70th win

The Golden State Warriors are chasing win number 70 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in tonight's nationally televised game on TNT.

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Golden State Warriors
69-8 (37-1 HOME)
Minnesota Timberwolves
25-52 (12-26 ROAD)
April 5, 2016
Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
7:30 p.m. PST
TV: CSN Bay Area (local), TNT (national)
Radio: KNBR 680 AM
Blog Buddy: Canis Hoopus
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Ricky Rubio
Klay Thompson G Zach LaVine
Harrison Barnes F Andrew Wiggins
Draymond Green F Gorgui Dieng
Andrew Bogut C Karl-Anthony Towns
Key Injuries
Andrew Bogut (ribs) - Questionable
Andre Iguodala (ankle) - Questionable
Kevon Looney (hip) - Out
Kevin Garnett (knee) - Out
Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) - Out indefinitely


Team Overviews

The Warriors made up for last Friday night's loss in a major way with an incredible 136-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers last Sunday. Five Warriors were in double figures with Stephen Curry scoring 39 of those points. Draymond Green followed it up with his 13th triple double of the season recording 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Golden State is just three games away from tying the Chicago Bulls 1995-96 record of 72-10. With just five games left in the season, the Dubs have tonight's game and two home/away games with the Spurs and Grizzlies. Four wins to glory, dethroning Chicago's record.

The Timberwolves. At 25-57, Minnesota are looking to play spoiler at the Roaracle against the hottest team in the NBA and their ecstatic crowd of 19,000+. They're going to need some offensive help after last night's low scoring 88-78 loss to the Mavericks. The Timberwolves struggled to get things going on Sunday taking a page from the Warriors with 16 turnovers. They were also held under 100 points.

Two guys to keep an eye out despite last night's loss are Andrew Wiggins, who dropped 30 points and Karl-Anthony Towns who was just short of a triple double with 11 points, 21 rebounds and 9 assists.

Key to the game: Smother em' with offense, suffocate em' with defense.

As predicted on Sunday, the Warriors shot incredibly well against Portland improving their shooting percentage to 57% field goals and a whopping 60% shooting on the 3-point line. We've come to expect this and with so many shooting options, if we can out run the opposition than the game is ours. Throw in a heavy dose of defense and the T-wolves won't know what hit em'.

Highlight Predictions:

- Steph gonna Steph. He ceases to amaze us game after game. Curry stole the show and weathered the storm with a 39 point game performance against the Trail Blazers to help avoid the teams first back to back loss of the season. If he plays his cards right tonight, Steph may give the home road a repeat performance.

- Klay gonna Klay. Something tells me Klay is going to heat up against the Timberwolves. With so many shooting options, Minnesota's going to need to find a way to keep up!

- Draymond gonna Draymond. It's been my favorite prediction all season long. Draymond Green will attempt to record his 14th triple double, the second-most in the league right now!

- Home crowd ruckus. With the playoffs just around the corner and the possibility of the Bulls 72-10 record being broken, the excitement couldn't be bigger right now. I'll be in the building as well enjoying the festivities and the magic of the Roaracle!

Win Prediction: Let's go in with the same win mentality as Sunday night's victory over the Trail Blazers. Warriors defeat the Timberwolves 120-103

I thank Minnesota everyday for passing up Curry... Twice!

Always giving thanks to Minnesota for our countless blessings!
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