Jazz (44-16, 18-12, road) at Timberwolves (17-44, 10-19 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: AT&T SportsNet | CW Twin Cities
The Utah Jazz have to keep firing away as they hold a slim two-game lead on the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers atop the Western Conference.
The Jazz are 2-2 in their last four games without Donovan Mitchell, including a 101-96 upset loss to the Timberwolves at home on Saturday.
Minnesota has played competitive basketball of late as the Timberwolves are 4-4 in their last eight games, but are still 14th in the Western Conference, two games ahead of the Houston Rockets.
The T-Wolves are actually going for the season sweep of Utah as they also took a 116-111 win over the Jazz in Utah on Dec. 26.
- Utah Jazz – Donovan Mitchell (ankle) – OUT
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Malik Beasley (hamstring) – OUT
Vs. The Spread
Jazz (25-33-1, ATS):
- Utah is 2-5 ATS in it’s last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the last 6 Jazz games
- Utah is 5-1 ATS in it’s last 6 games at Target Center
Timberwolves (29-31, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota’s last 10 games
- The total has also gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games vs. the Jazz
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 T-Wolves games against the Western Conference.
Last Time Out
Anthony Edwards scored 23 points, and grabbed nine rebounds while passing out four assists and collecting five steals as Minnesota won over the Jazz for the second time this season, 101-96, in Salt Lake City on Saturday night. Karl Anthony-Towns led with 24 points and 12 rebounds while DeAngelo Russell netted 23. Utah led 40-26 after the first quarter and by as many as 17. Bojan Bogdanovich led the Jazz with 30 points as he made seven threes.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Jazz||-9.5 (-110)||-480||O 228 (-110)|
|Timberwolves||+9.5 (-110)||+380||U 228 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Anthony Edwards is becoming more and more unstoppable as his stat line from Saturday night shows. He is averaging 22.5 points over his last four games as he has made 14 threes and causing defenses to have to stylize their game plans to worry about him initially. This plays into the hands of Karl Anthony-Towns, who is averaging 23 points and 7.5 boards over those last four games. Anthony-Towns went at Rudy Gobert on Saturday night and had a solid game with the 24/12 in 37 minutes.
Key T-Wolves Stat:
Getting DeAngelo Russell back into the lineup three weeks ago has changed the matchups and has given the T-Wolves opportunities to convert and win. He has scored double digits in every game since coming back and has averaged 22 points over his last three games as he is 11-of-23 from three.
Minnesota trailed the Jazz by 17 on Saturday night with 2:54 remaining as this constituted the Timberwolves’ biggest comeback of the season. Minnesota has accumulated five come-from-behind wins where they were down by 15 points or more as only Portland has more with seven. All five of those comebacks for Minnesota have been accrued since the All-Star break.
It’s no secret how to try and beat the Jazz – stop the three-ball in which they make 16.9 per game while shooting 39 percent from the floor. Minnesota is last in the NBA in three-point percentage as opponents make 39.8 percent; yet, The T-Wolves have a 2-0 advantage in the season series. Utah made 19-of-47 threes on Saturday night but the Jazz were only 14-of-36 from inside the arc. Not having the slashing and three-ball combination of Mitchell is a major adjustment that Utah has to play through for at least another week.
Key Jazz Stat:
Through 60 games, Quinn Snyder’s squad already has the franchise record as it has made 1,013 threes. This team already is 16th in NBA history in makes and it only gives up 10.8 triples per game. There has been only one team in the history of the Association that has led in made triple while giving up the least – the 1999-2000 Indiana Pacers.
Rudy Gobert must get more aggressive on the interior on offense which simply means getting and taking more shots. He takes 8.2 shots per game in 31.1 minutes and makes 67.5 percent of his baskets. It’s also important for him to tone successfully at the free-throw line as he makes only 61.8 percent of his shots. It’s a challenge late in a close game where he needs to be in the game, but can easily be targeted to foul by opponents.
Winner: Jazz (-9.5) 116, T-Wolves 104