Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

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Devin Booker achieved star status two seasons ago when he led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals.

Now in his eighth season, Booker is bordering on becoming one of the elite players in the league and he looks to continue his strong start when the Suns host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Booker celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday with a 30-point outing during a 124-109 home victory over the Houston Rockets.

It marked the fourth time in five games that he has scored 30 or more points. Booker is averaging 29.3 points and shooting 52.9 percent from the field in six games this season.




"I just try to continuously get better and continuously improve," Booker said afterward. "The thing about basketball -- you can never perfect it. But I'm going to try everything in my power to do it."

Booker has averaged more than 25 points in each of the past four seasons, being the key reason why the Suns went from a floundering franchise to one of the league's top teams.

He established career bests for scoring average (26.8) and 3-pointers (183) last season. Phoenix coach Monty Williams said it's impossible to put a ceiling on how good Booker could eventually become.

"Guys like Book, because they do it so consistently, you kind of take it for granted," Williams said. "It's hard to say -- he's only 26. There's certainly levels for guys to get better."

Booker wasn't the only backcourt player getting it done against the Rockets. Veteran point guard Chris Paul contributed a season-high 15 assists, and he leads the NBA with 10.8 per game.

Paul has reached double digits in assists three times this season.

Phoenix will be without center Deandre Ayton (ankle) for the second straight game. That will give Jock Landale another chance to contribute.

The 27-year-old Landale had 16 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes against Houston. He also had a 17-point performance in a rout of the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 25 while Ayton was still healthy.

Paul has been impressed with Landale's energy.

"It's so valuable," Paul said of Landale. "The energy, the pace that he plays with. He gives himself up so much."

The Suns went 3-0 against the Timberwolves last season and have won seven of the past eight meetings between the teams.

Minnesota is looking to rebound from a 107-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in the opener of a two-game road trip. It was the second time the Timberwolves have lost to the Spurs this season.

Minnesota trailed by as many as 19 points in Sunday's setback. Chances of a comeback were sabotaged by 4-of-29 shooting from 3-point range.

"We just didn't play well," star big man Karl-Anthony Towns said afterward. "We didn't compete enough."

Towns scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting for his fourth straight 20-point effort. He is averaging 23.8 points during the span.

Anthony Edwards had 18 points and is off to a strong start. He has scored 30 or more points three times and 29 in another game.

Offseason acquisition Rudy Gobert matched his season low of nine points. However, he did collect 12 rebounds for his fifth double-digit outing and leads the NBA with 14.7 boards per game.

Minnesota's Kyle Anderson (back) returned Sunday after a four-game absence, but he's listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest.

--Field Level Media

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns Recap NOV 1TH 2022

Cameron Johnson was 7 of 11 from 3-point range and scored 29 points to pace the Phoenix Suns to a 116-107 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Mikal Bridges scored 19 points and Devin Booker had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Suns won their fifth consecutive game. Chris Paul contributed 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Phoenix.

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who lost to the Suns for the eighth time in the past nine meetings. Anthony Edwards also scored 24 points, while Naz Reid added 13 and fellow reserve Jaylen Nowell had 10 for Minnesota.

Suns big man Deandre Ayton (ankle) missed his second straight contest.

Phoenix shot 46.1 percent from the field, including 17 of 43 from 3-point range. Bismack Biyombo had four blocked shots for the Suns.

The Timberwolves connected on 42.5 percent of their attempts and were 13 of 34 from behind the arc.

Minnesota trailed by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before making a run in the final stanza.

Edwards made two 3-pointers in 26 seconds to cap a 10-0 spurt that brought the Timberwolves within 87-85 with 8:36 left.

But the Suns answered with an inside hoop by Biyombo and a 3-pointer by Johnson to lead by seven with 7:43 to play.

Paul's 15-footer gave Phoenix a 96-88 lead with 6:25 remaining. Johnson buried his seventh trey to increase the margin to 11 with 5:22 left.

Bridges later made back-to-back baskets to push the lead to 105-91 with 3:16 to go and the Suns closed it out.

Phoenix led by seven points at halftime before opening the third quarter with a 15-5 burst to open up a 69-52 lead on Booker's 3-pointer with 7:57 remaining.

Booker drilled another trey less than three minutes later to give the Suns a 74-56 advantage.

Minnesota used an 11-2 run later in the period to pull within eight before Torrey Craig connected on a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to give Phoenix an 84-73 lead.

Johnson scored 17 first-half points to help the Suns hold a 54-47 advantage at the break. Edwards scored 15 for Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

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