3 keys as Milwaukee Bucks wrap up road trip vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez, Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns
Feb 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

How will the Milwaukee Bucks defend Karl-Anthony Towns?

It’s a simple equation, really. If the Milwaukee Bucks play the Timberwolves, I’m going to talk about Karl-Anthony Towns. He’s one of my favorite players and people in the league, so I’m going to take as many chances as I can to talk about him.

He’s been flat-out fantastic for the Wolves this season, averaging 24.9 points on 64.2 percent true shooting, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. He’s shooting nearly 41 percent from 3 on five attempts a game and is the reigning 3-Point Shootout champion. Oh, and he dropped 60 points earlier this week, so it’s safe to say he’s feeling it.

That shooting is something to keep an eye on as the Bucks notoriously can struggle against big men who can let it rip from 3. He shot 3-of-5 from deep earlier this season against Milwaukee and is shooting over 42 percent from 3-point range in his last five games against the defending champs.

Down low, Towns will have to contend with going up against Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, and Serge Ibaka, but you can still expect him to get his. He has improved as a passer under head coach Chris Finch so if the Bucks want to double, they’ll have to be smart about it.

He had an incredibly efficient 25 points (82 percent true shooting) against the Bucks earlier this season, but with better personnel this time around, expect him to have a tougher time.