The Minnesota Timberwolves had to play Tuesday afternoon at home due to the unrest ongoing in the Minneapolis area, and their game Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. ET because of a curfew in the area. The Bucks are listing superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as questionable due to injury, while Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns also is questionable for personal reasons. The Bucks are 9.5-point favorites on the William Hill Sportsbook NBA odds.
The Greek Freak, the two-time reigning league MVP, has missed the past five with a sore knee as the Bucks have essentially punted on earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He did practice in full Tuesday so that's a good sign of him playing, although consider that the Bucks play again Thursday in Atlanta and that could influence their decision on whether Antetokounmpo goes here. The team might believe it can beat the Wolves without him – especially if Towns is out. Milwaukee is 2-3 in the five the Freak has missed in this stretch.
KAT missed Tuesday's 127-97 blowout loss to Brooklyn as he's with his family. Towns' mother Jackie passed away a year ago due to COVID-19, and there was a memorial on the one-year anniversary Monday. Understandably, Towns wanted to be there and grieve with his family. It's not clear if he will get back in time Wednesday. If he does, this spread should drop a bit. Minnesota is tanking so it won't rush him.
Antetokounmpo lost his father a few years ago and previously reached out to Towns to help him through his mother's death as the two are friends.
"I don't think he gets enough publicly how much of a man he is, but I'll say it for him, even though I know he won't," Towns has said of Antetokounmpo. "I appreciate him and the way he's reached out to me during my time. We really built a friendship there. I'm really appreciative of him and the amount of care he's put into me and my family."
Milwaukee has won the past four in this series, including 139-112 at home on Feb. 23. Antetokoumpo had 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. That was the Minnesota head coaching debut of Chris Finch. Towns had 26 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.
The game was close until the Bucks went on a 21-3 run that began late in the second quarter and continued into the third. The Bucks are 10-4 against the spread in the past 14 meetings.
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