Siakam leads Toronto against Minnesota after 40-point performance
Minnesota Timberwolves (43-33, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (43-32, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Toronto takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves after Pascal Siakam scored 40 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 115-112 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors are 20-16 on their home court. Toronto is ninth in the league allowing only 107.1 points per game while holding opponents to 46.2% shooting.
The Timberwolves are 18-20 on the road. Minnesota ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 11.3 offensive rebounds per game led by Jarred Vanderbilt averaging 3.0.
The teams square off for the second time this season. The Raptors won 103-91 in the last matchup on Feb. 17. Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 30 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 24 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Fred VanVleet is shooting 38.4% from beyond the arc with 3.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Raptors, while averaging 20.5 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals. Siakam is averaging 27.9 points, eight rebounds and 5.5 assists over the last 10 games for Toronto.
Towns is averaging 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Timberwolves. Anthony Edwards is averaging 3.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 8-2, averaging 113.9 points, 48.9 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 8.3 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.6 points per game.
Timberwolves: 6-4, averaging 121.8 points, 43.6 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.0 points.
INJURIES: Raptors: Khem Birch: day to day (knee), Malachi Flynn: out (hamstring).
Timberwolves: Jaden McDaniels: out (leg), Malik Beasley: day to day (ankle).