The MINNESOTA and the PORTLAND will both be gunning for a victory on 11/4/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES vs PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 4, 2018
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
|711||MINNESOTA||-6 (-110)||230.5 (-110)||200
TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: PORTLAND , MINNESOTA
Oddsmakers currently have the PORTLAND listed as -6 point favorites versus the MINNESOTA, while the game’s total is sitting at 230.5.
The Jimmy Butler saga is not getting any easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and neither is the schedule. The Timberwolves may or may not have Butler in the lineup when they continue a challenging five-game road trip at Portland on Sunday.
The four-time All-Star, whose desire to be traded to another team has drawn plenty of publicity, returned from a one-game layoff to score 21 points in Friday’s 116-99 loss at Golden State but Butler indicated he plans to sit out either Sunday’s game or Monday’s at the Los Angeles Clippers. “I let them know,” he told reporters Friday. “They don’t know how my body feels. So if I’m nicked up, then you can count on that. I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t know what we plan on doing tomorrow. Obviously, I got to get some treatment along with a lot of other guys. But we’ll see whenever Sunday and Monday gets here.” The Blazers will be dealing with the second half of a back-to-back of their own after falling 114-110 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scored 30 points apiece for Portland, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (4-5): Minnesota still led with under 11 minutes remaining against the Warriors before it became unable to get stops, a season-long issue for a team that entered Saturday ranked 26th in defensive scoring (118.2 points allowed per game). Derrick Rose followed up his 50-point performance against Utah on Wednesday with just three in five minutes before leaving with an ankle injury that has him questionable for this one. Fellow guard Jeff Teague (knee) has already been ruled out for Sunday.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (6-3): McCollum’s 30-point effort was a season high and it came two nights after he was held to a season-low eight points on 2-of-8 shooting in a win over New Orleans. He averaged 21.3 points while burying 12-of-21 from 3-point range in four matchups with the Timberwolves last season, and Lillard averaged 26 points and 7.8 assists. Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 13 rebounds versus Los Angeles for his fourth double-double in the last seven games.
1. Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones, who made his first start of the season Friday in place of Teague, is 12-for-41 from the floor over his last five games.
2. Lillard is 32-for-32 from the foul line over a five-game stretch.
3. Portland has won four straight meetings at home.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 112, Timberwolves 108