The 2022 NBA Summer League action continues as the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 13.
The Minnesota Timberwolves enter this game after a 63-70 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. After their first Summer League loss, the Timberwolves found themselves with a 1-1 record.
Likewise, the Milwaukee Bucks are also coming off a loss. Short at 109-111 against the Boston Celtics, the Bucks are also 1-1 in the Summer League.
With both teams hoping to avoid a losing slide, the competition has the potential to be exciting.
Fixation – Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks | 2022 NBA Summer League
Date and hour – Wednesday July 13, 2022; 4:00 p.m. ET (Thursday, July 14, 2022; 1:30 a.m. IST)
Venue -Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Minnesota Timberwolves preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a tough outing against the Memphis Grizzlies. As the two teams struggled on the field, the Timberwolves looked particularly uncomfortable that night.
Shooting a touch above 34% from the field with a horrible 12% from beyond the arc, Minnesota was wide on everything. With barely any input from any of their players, they had no chance of winning this game.
Amid all the negatives, the T’Wolves saw an impressive performance from G League forward Kevon Harris. Knocking down 17 points on 50% shooting from the field, Harris was the only worthy player for Minnesota in 25 minutes of playing time.
After a pretty impressive first win in the Summer League, the Timberwolves will be hoping to return to familiar form.
Key Player – Josh Minnot
A key player for the Minnesota Timberwolves in this game could be Josh Minnot. The 45th pick in the draft played an important role for the Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Summer League.
Although he didn’t perform as well against the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnot could be an interesting prospect against the Bucks.
Minnot showed some value as a bouncy presence on glass. Although his shooting from beyond the arc hasn’t been so good, the 19-year-old remains a solid option inside.
After recording a double-double in his opener, Minnot showed some upside. Given the Bucks have a strong inside presence, the 19-year-old will be put to the test.
Minnesota Timberwolves predicted roster
g – Wendell Moore Jr | g – Matteo Spagnolo | F – Kevin Harris | F -Josh Minnot | VS -David McCormack
Milwaukee Bucks preview
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a pretty tough loss to the Boston Celtics. After facing elimination against the same team in last season’s playoffs, the result remains the same.
The Bucks put up a solid fight in the game. With an incredible shot from MarJon Beauchamp to take the lead early on, Milwaukee seemed to be in control of the game. The Celtics, however, didn’t hesitate as they rallied in the second quarter to reclaim the lead.
A furious offensive charge led by Beauchamp and Sandro Mamukelashvili would see the Bucks take a massive lead in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Boston had its own exploits in the fourth quarter to get ahead.
This constant back-and-forth would see the Celtics prevail thanks to a tremendous winner from Matt Ryan.
While the loss was heartbreaking, the Bucks’ performance was impressive.
Key player – Sandro Mamukelashvili
Sandro Mamukelashvili will be a key player for the Milwaukee Bucks in the upcoming game.
The second-year player already had an impressive stint with the Bucks last season. Although he saw limited playing time, Mamukelashvili showed a lot of potential as a power forward.
It has only been polished in time since. The second-year striker looks much more comfortable playing in this year’s Summer League. Mamukelashvili did a solid job scoring and distributing pennies during the break.
With 28 points and nine rebounds in his previous outing, the Bucks forward was also an impressive defensive presence. His potential as a two-way player will be of great value against the Timberwolves.
Predicted lineup of the Milwaukee Bucks
g -Luca Vildoza | g -Rayjon Tucker | F – Marjon Beauchamp | F – Sandro Mamukelashvili | VS -Dewan Hernandez
Timberwolves vs Bucks Prediction
The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to pick up a win in this game.
Although the Minnesota Timberwolves have a few talented pieces on their team, the Bucks are firing on all cylinders. Purely in terms of team chemistry, Milwaukee seems like a more cohesive unit.
Minnesota also struggled with discipline on the defensive side of the field. As Milwaukee takes advantage of sagging defensemen in transition, the Timberwolves could have their work cut out for them.
Where to watch the Timberwolves vs Bucks match?
The game will be available on the NBA’s League Pass platform.