Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Predictions, Lineups, Injury Report

Hardwood Houdini takes a look at the Boston Celtics vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves; including predictions, lineups, injury report and more Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports
Hardwood Houdini takes a look at the Boston Celtics vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves; including predictions, lineups, injury report and more Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics – Target Center – 8:00 pm (ET)

The Boston Celtics maintained their invincible status following a victory over their Atlantic Division foes, the Brooklyn Nets, but can they make it 6-0 after their clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night? Will Derrick White return to action following the birth of his second son?

Will the Boston Celtics use the same starting five that they used last game?

Jayson Tatum made history during their clash with the Brooklyn Nets as he became the 14th Boston Celtics player, and the youngest ever for the organization, to score 10,000 points. In doing so he became the only player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, and 1,000 three-pointers by the age of 25 – an absolutely incredible achievement.

Tatum may have earned himself a rest, but with the Celtics on such a roll lately, it would be difficult for Mazzulla to take him out of the starting five. Even if he ends up getting limited minutes against the Timberwolves, I expect him to make a start in hopes of continuing this incredible run of form.

A huge congratulations is for White and his family on the birth of his second son, Daxton. Since joining the Boston Celtics in 2022, White has played in 155 out of 157 games with the only two games he has missed being the births of both his sons. The dedication and commitment White has shown to the Celtics is almost unmatched.

It would be understandable for White to miss the upcoming game in Minnesota, but as per reports, he is “probable” to return for the clash. With the highest true shooting percentage in the NBA with 82%, mixed with his incomparable defense, White has proven himself to be a crucial asset to this Celtics locker room and a massive contributor to their success as of late. I hope to see his name in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Boston Celtics Predicted Lineup

PG: Derrick White

SG: Jrue Holiday

SF: Jaylen Brown

PF: Jayson Tatum

C: Kristaps Porzingis

The Boston Celtics are still a long way away from matching the Golden State Warriors record 26 win start to their record-breaking 2015-16 campaign. While emulating the historic feat of the Warriors may be a hefty goal, the Celtics are determined to continue their unbeaten run, and with how well they have been playing, it’s easy to assume they will keep their winning streak alive.

How might the Timberwolves line up in hopes of continuing their winning form against the Celtics?

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to make it three wins in a row as they take on the only remaining undefeated side, the Boston Celtics. With their confidence high following two hugely impressive wins over the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz, they will be going into this one intending to end Boston’s stellar start to the season.

So far this season, Anthony Edwards has continued his form from last year, including the FIBA World Cup, as he looks to cement his place as the leader of the Timberwolves. Since being drafted as the first overall pick in 2020, Edwards has been consistently improving and is beginning to look like the Timberwolves franchise player.

During their clash with the Utah Jazz, Edwards also achieved a significant milestone by becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach 5,000 points, doing so in just 228 games. This accomplishment adds an extra layer of intrigue to their encounter with the Boston Celtics where they’ll face Jayson Tatum, who recently reached the impressive milestone of 10,000 points.

Naz Ried has looked incredible off the bench so far this season for the Timberwolves, but is it enough to earn him a starting place? Unfortunately, I don’t think so. Due to the established front-court duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, it looks unlikely that Reid will get many starting minutes this season.

Towns started this season on a subpar note but has been back to his usual standards throughout the last two games. Throughout these games, he scored 25 and 21 points and grabbed eight and seven rebounds against the Jazz and the Nuggets, respectively. His front-court co-star, Gobert, has also been in exceptional form recently, particularly on the defensive end of the court. The combined impact of these two stars has been a significant contributing factor to their consecutive victories, and I expect both names to be in the starting five.

Minnesota Timberwolves Predicted Lineup

PG: Mike Conley

SG: Anthony Edwards

SF: Jaden McDaniels

PF: Karl-Anthony Towns

C: Rudy Gobert

Both sides are eager to capitalize on their good run of form, but only one will emerge victorious on Tuesday night. Can the Celtics extend their winning streak to 6-0 to start the season, or will the Timberwolves secure their third consecutive win? Either way, I’m expecting an aggressively fought, and highly entertaining contest.

Injury Report:

Boston Celtics: Neemias Queta – OUT – Right foot injury

Boston Celtics: Oshae Brissett – QUESTIONABLE – Left thumb sprain

Boston Celtics: Derrick White – PROBABLE – Personal reasons

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylen Clark – OUT – Achilles

Score Prediction:

Boston Celtics 127, Minnesota Timberwolves 110