The Wolves don’t necessarily need to excel during this stretch of games, but they do need to survive.
The Wolves, thankfully, are leading the season series 2-1, so the Blazers can only tie for the season series, which the Wolves have an advantage on due to their superior conference record.
The Wolves have barely survived playing the Blazers even with Jimmy Butler, so tonight’s test will be made even more challenging without the Wolves’ star.
The Blazers, somewhat surprisingly, do not take a ton of threes, only 27 per game, which ranks 23rd in the NBA.
The Wolves will be straight up bigger than the Blazers across the board, as they will have a distinctive size advantage at the 2-4 slots with Andrew Wiggins, Nemanja Bjelica, and Taj Gibson.