Opposing views: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies have won three straight games. We caught up with Jake Peterson from The Sports Daily’s Howlin’ T-Wolf for his take on tonight’s game.

The Memphis Grizzlies are finally making their way back home after a four-game road trip. After a blunder against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Grizzlies rattled off three impressive wins over an impressive Jazz team, the best version of the Clippers and a depleted Mavericks squad.

Now, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to carry on their success against the Minnesota Timberwolves. So far in this young season, these teams have matched up twice. The first game, the season opener, was an exciting 102-98 victory for the Grizz. In their second game, the Grizzlies rested Marc Gasol and Mike Conley and got stomped 116-80.

Hopefully, we see both teams at full strength for this game. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley have bounced back this season, both averaging north of 19 points. On the other end, the Minnesota Timberwolves young trio of Andrew Wiggins (27.4), Karl-Anthony Towns (22.3) and Zach LaVine (18.8) have lit up the scoreboards.

Before tonight’s game, I had the chance to talk to Jake Peterson from The Sports Daily’s Howlin’ T-Wolf to hear this thoughts on this match-up.

Follow him on Twitter @jakepetey22.

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Nov 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau looks on during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Under expectations?

Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA):

At 4-7, it’s not the way Wolves fans expected to start. Have you noticed anything different since Tom Thibodeau took over?

Jake Peterson (@jakepetey22):

Our offensive production is up quite a lot, especially our three-point percentage. We are able to build a nice lead in the first half, then it crumbles in the third quarter. He needs to do a better job of getting key role players more minutes, like Shabazz and Tyus.

Nov 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) looks on during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 116-80. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The next star-studded Big 3?

Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA):

Karl-Anthony Towns is obviously worth the hype. Andrew Wiggins and Zach Lavine have shown out this season. Where would you consider their ceilings to be?

Jake Peterson (@jakepetey22):

Towns is arguably the best center in the league right now. Granted, Marc Gasol and Demarcus Cousins are at that spot as well. Wiggins is showing this year he has more room to grow. He has improved in just about every offensive statistic. In a few years I wouldn’t count him out as an elite player in the league. LaVine is something else. There is no limit to his ability. He’s a freak at both ends of the floor and has continually shown exponential growth. He also could be considered elite in a few years at his position.

Nov 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) celebrates after a three point basket in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Grizzlies won 111-107. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Opposing thoughts

Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA):

What do you think of this Memphis Grizzlies’ roster? How do you expect them to fare this season?

Jake Peterson (@jakepetey22):

I think the Grizzlies are in line to do great things, especially after watching the Clippers game. Parsons was a great addition, and Gasol has shown he can shoot threes. Randolph coming off the bench has provided a great spark for them to stay ahead when starters rest. They are much healthier than last year which is going to lead to a nice seed in the playoffs.

Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) spins around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Key match-up

Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA):

There are numerous good match-ups this contest. What match-up would you consider the most important of the game?

Jake Peterson (@jakepetey22):

There are a lot of superstars in this game, but I’d like to focus on the point guard. Rubio vs Conley will be a big factor. Both are good defenders and distributors. All depends on who is able to control the offensive tempo more. The Timberwolves offense thrives when Rubio makes plays with his steals and passing. The Grizzlies strive when Conley is able to score and dish it in the post.

Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Wade Baldwin IV (4) handles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Final prediction?

Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA):

What is your final prediction on tonight’s game?

Jake Peterson (@jakepetey22):

Our big three has been clicking on all levels this year. The matchup is split 1-1 now but everyone is healthy and rested. 106-102 Timberwolves. After the trade rumors ,the players have something to prove. They’ll come out with some fire.

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Thanks, Jake, for giving us your insight on tonight’s game. Toss him a follow on Twitter @jakepetey22. I’ll be at tonight’s game reporting live tweets from @BealeStBearsFS and post-game quotes from my personal account @PAKA_FLOCKA.

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