Scouting Report: Wolves (19-21) at Jazz (14-28) | Jan. 21, 2014

Scouting Report: Wolves (19-21) at Jazz (14-28) | Jan. 21, 2014

 



Timberwolves at Jazz | 8:00 PM — EnergySolutions Arena

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM


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It seems like these two teams just played…

Well, that’s because the two did on Saturday at the Target Center. The Wolves dominated the Jazz, but tonight the game will be played in Utah and you better believe the Jazz will come out firing after a somewhat embarrassing loss just three days ago.

The good news is that Utah looks like it will have Gordon Hayward back. Hayward missed Saturday’s game and the team could use his 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Minnesota comes into this one with a 19-21 record, four games back from the Phoenix Suns for eighth place in the Western Conference. Utah is 14-28 this season, which ranks last in the West, but the Jazz are 5-5 in their last 10 contests.

This starts a four-game road trip for the Wolves that will end on Jan. 27 against the Chicago Bulls.

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Last Meeting





The two teams last faced off on Saturday night at the Target Center and Minnesota came away with a 98-72 win, holding the Jazz to just 28.8 percent from the field. Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Love added 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. It marked his 34th double-double of the season. Kevin Martin added 20 points, while Alexey Shved led the bench with 10 points.

Utah struggled so badly in the game, it had just one player scored in double-digits. Alec Burks led Utah with 18 points, nine coming from the free-throw line. Starters Richard Jefferson, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams and Trey Burke were a combined 7-of-31.

This Week’s Results





Minnesota’s last win was Saturday’s game against the Jazz. The Wolves are 2-3 in their last five games.

Utah’s last game was also against Minnesota. It is also 2-3 in its last five games.

Key Matchup: Kevin Martin vs. Alec Burks

Being that Burks was about the only Jazz player to find some success in the last matchup combined with the fact that the Wolves need Martin to heat up, this matchup makes some sense.

Martin started the season with 27 or more points in five of his first nine games, but hasn’t scored more than 20 since December 18. Head coach Rick Adelman noted that Martin needs to be a bit more aggressive with his shot and said it looks like Martin is more passive than he has been in the past. For the Wolves to make a run in the West, they will need Martin to give the team a perimeter threat.

Burks is easily having the best season of his career and has actually already played more minutes (1,160) this season, than he did all of last season (1,137). He’s averaging 12.9 points this season, while shooting a career-best 44.1 percent from the field.

The 22-year-old shooting guard has hit double-digits in four of his last five games, including a 34-point performance on Jan. 13 in a win against the Denver Nuggets. Utah wouldn’t mind another performance like that from the former University of Colorado standout tonight.

Injury Report

The Wolves appear to be at full strength.

Forward Gordon Hayward (hip) is expected to play after missing five straight games.

Probable Starters
  Timberwolves Jazz
PG Ricky Rubio Trey Burke
SG Kevin Martin Alec Burks
SF Corey Brewer Gordon Hayward
PF Kevin Love Marvin Williams
C Nikola Pekovic Derrick Favors

 




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