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The Bulls will be hoping to avoid a let-down tonight against the woeful Timberwolves after their big win last night against the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Timberwolves are also playing the back end of a back-to-back after beating the Detroit Pistons 109-99 last night. Despite that win, they are still only 2-8 in their last 10 games.

Minnesota’s strength is their post players – Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. They lead in the NBA in rebounding, thanks in large part to Kevin Love. Love is averaging 20.4 PPG and 15.7 RPG while Michael Beasley is averaging 21.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG. I think the key to this game will be the ability of Noah, Boozer, and Gibson to limit the production that comes from these two players.

Probable Timberwolves Starters:

G – Luke Ridnour, 11.1 PPG

G – Wesley Johnson, 9.2 PPG

F – Michael Beasley, 21.5 PPG

F – Kevin Love, 20.4 PPG

C – Darko Milicic, 9.3 PPG


Probable Bulls Starters:

G – Derrick Rose, 25.3 PPG

G – Keith Bogans, 4.1 PPG

F – Luol Deng, 17.8 PPG

F – Carlos Boozer, 14.2 PPG

C – Joakim Noah, 14.5 PPG


Prediction:

Current Line: Chicago (-9.5), Over/Under: 207

There really isn’t much not to like about the Bulls in this matchup. Both teams are playing the back end of a back-to-back so there is no advantage there. Similar to the Cleveland game, this appears to be a game featuring two teams heading in opposite directions. The Bulls have won 4 in a row, while the T-Wolves have lost 8 of their last 10. Additionally, the Bulls have played very well at home this season, winning 8 out of 10, while Minnesota has been dreadful on the road, losing 11 of 12. The only worry for Bulls fans has to be the let down factor after such a big win last night, but hopefully they learn from the experience in Cleveland don’t play down to their opponent. I think the Bulls post players will do enough to keep Love and Beasley from winning the game. After those two, Minnesota really doesn’t have much.

Timberwolves 87 Bulls 101