It’s rest season. Nobody is safe. Money is being shoveled into furnaces at an alarming rate.

 

While we can’t predict the random scratches after lock, we can give you the best analysis on the market that doesn’t require a magic 8-ball. Time to get down to business. — Mark Gallant

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (-7) | O/U: 222.5

6 p.m. ET

What I’m watching for: Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Joel Embiid. End dot. Such a great battle.

Couple things:

  • Don’t expect Towns to get in foul trouble; Taj Gibson gets most of the reps vs. Embiid.
  • When Towns does have to handle Embiid, it’s off switches and spot-up drives as help. And, well, Embiid embarrassed Towns last time out. He got him with the same move twice.

First:

 

Then:

 

Meanwhile, Towns got most of his buckets in the first matchup off switches, so it’ll be interesting to see if Brett Brown stays with that approach or changes up the pick-and-roll coverage. The Sixers can live with the switch vs. most teams, but Towns just obliterates them:

 

Will Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau give Towns more opportunities to try to draw fouls on Embiid? This is the marquee matchup, but they won’t face one another that often. The player who gets the better of the matchup in the box score will go a long way toward a win, though. — Matt Moore

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