The UTAH and the MINNESOTA will both be gunning for a victory on 10/31/2018 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
UTAH JAZZ vs MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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TV: 8:05 PM
PREDICTION: MINNESOTA , UTAH
Oddsmakers currently have the MINNESOTA listed as 2.5 point favorites versus the UTAH, while the game’s total is sitting at 222.5.
Jimmy Butler remains intent on leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves but his ability to put up strong performances may again be needed during Wednesday’s home contest against the Utah Jazz. Butler scored 32 points for his second 30-point outing of the campaign when Minnesota notched a 124-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
Butler is averaging 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals despite his trade request drama overshadowing the team’s play. “It’s basketball,” Butler told reporters. “I don’t think nothing that has gone on before this game has anything to do with us going out there and competing. We all go out there and play together, play to win – with or without what is going on.” Utah is looking to complete a sweep of a four-game road trip – it won the first three by an average of 13.7 points – and is thriving behind a balanced attack in which seven players are averaging more than nine points per game. “We’re not about our starters, we are not about our bench and we are not about any one player,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, A&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), FS North (Minnesota)
ABOUT THE JAZZ (4-2): Center Rudy Gobert has opened the season with six straight double-doubles and is averaging 17.7 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots. “I want to show that I’m not only a defensive star,” Gobert told reporters about the rise in his offensive game. “I can be a star offensively, too.” Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is the team’s star and he is averaging 22.8 points and has reached at least 20 points in three straight games and four times overall.
ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (3-4): Center Karl-Anthony Towns notched his second double-double of the campaign by recording 25 points and 16 rebounds against Lakers. Towns, who led the NBA with 68 double-doubles last season, got off to a slow start this season and scored 17 or fewer points in five of Minnesota’s first six games. Small forward Andrew Wiggins (quadriceps) could miss his fourth straight game and his absence would again be at least partially plugged by rookie Josh Okogie, who scored a season-best 17 points against Los Angeles.
1. The teams split four meetings last season.
2. Utah PF Derrick Favors (knee) is expected to return after a one-game absence, while SF Jae Crowder (ankle) is probable after injuring an ankle in Sunday’s 113-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
3. Minnesota PG Jeff Teague is 4-of-22 shooting over the past two games, missing all nine 3-point attempts.
PREDICTION: Jazz 108, Timberwolves 104