That leaves an opportunity for Nickeil Alexander-Walker to guard the scorching Maxey and for the Timberwolves to punish the interior of the Sixers’ defense.
- Who: Minnesota Timberwolves (10-3) vs Philadelphia 76ers (10-4)
- When: 7:00 PM CT
- Where: Target Center
- TV: Bally Sports North (Michael Grady, Jim Petersen and Katie Storm)
- Radio: Wolves Radio App, KFAN FM 100.3
- Line: Timberwolves -7, Total: 220.5 (courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)
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Wolves vs. 76ers
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Updated as of 4:50 PM CT on Wednesday:
- Jaylen Clark (right achilles tendon rupture rehab)
- Jordan McLaughlin (right knee MCL sprain)
- Jaden McDaniels (right ankle sprain)
- Joel Embiid (left hip soreness)
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (ribs)
What To Watch For
Tyrese Maxey Versus Jaden McDaniels-less Wolves
76ers guard Tyrese Maxey has had no problem filling James Harden’s role in Philadelphia’s offense, putting together an All-Star-caliber run to begin the year.
The former Kentucky Wildcat put up 30 points, four rebounds and six assists in the Sixers’ overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, again acting as a catalyst of the team’s offensive in addition to Embiid’s scoring input.
Questions about Maxey’s ability to step into a lead guard role for Philadelphia lingered as the season began, but after averaging 27 points and seven assists per contest in 2023-24, those questions seemed to be answered.
Alexander-Walker will likely spent time guarding the surging guard, and hope to continue his successful start to the year. Alexander-Walker has not only defended well thus far, but orchestrated the offense and shot the ball confidently. Extra minutes for the Virginia Tech product may prove valuable for Chris Finch and Co.
Philadelphia On The Back End of a Back-to-Back, Down Joel Embiid
Embiid will not suit up for the 76ers on Wednesday night after playing extra minutes on Tuesday while also on the front end of a back-to-back. Minnesota will surely look to dominate the painted area with the reigning MVP out, and will expect big things from their front-court duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert at Target Center on Wednesday.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ Recent Success
Towns is averaging just under 27 points per game in his last four contests while shooting 43% from beyond the arc. After a slow start to the season, Towns has come on strong in the scoring department. The front-court pairing with Gobert has been thriving of late, with Gobert stifling opposing offenses and Towns lighting up opposing defenses. Without Joel Embiid on the court on Wednesday, Towns will have one fewer obstacle to having a big scoring night.
KAT had a very strong showing against the Knicks on Monday night, scoring 20 points, pulling down five boards, recording four assists, three steals and two blocks. He shot 6-for-10 from the field while making two of his three 3-point attempts. Despite not having Embiid, Towns’ contributions will be imperative to a win against a Sixers team that ranks third in the league in offensive rating.