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Scouting Report | Wolves at Hornets

by Timberwolves.com

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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6 p.m., Spectrum Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Timberwolves quickly look to rebound from Friday night’s four-point loss to the New York Knicks as they play in the second game of a back-to-back Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Wolves currently sit at 5-14 overall and are in 14th place in the Western Conference. The Hornets are 11-8 overall and are tied with the Boston Celtics for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 118-114 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday in New York.

Zach LaVine had 23 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points and four assists to lead the Wolves. Minnesota’s bench was big in the game, combining for 47 points. Nemanja Bjelica had 17 points and seven rebounds, Shabazz Muhammad had 14 points, Cole Aldrich had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Kris Dunn had six points and five assists.

Charlotte is coming off of a 97-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in Charlotte.

Kemba Walker had 18 points and five assists to lead the Hornets. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 points and Jeremy Lamb had 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Last Matchup

The Wolves and Hornets played each other once so far this season, the lone matchup being on Nov. 15 in Minnesota. Charlotte came out with a 115-108 win.

In that game, Wiggins led the Wolves with 29 points and three assists. Towns had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists, LaVine had 19 points, Ricky Rubio had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Gorgui Dieng had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Walker led the Hornets with 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Frank Kaminsky added 20 points and five assists off the bench, Nicolas Batum had 16 points and Cody Zeller had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Key Matchup: Zach LaVine vs. Nicolas Batum

Zach LaVine is Minnesota’s hottest players as of late.

LaVine is averaging 23 points per game in his last six games, highlighted by a 31-point performance against the Warriors one week ago. So far this season, he is averaging 19.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field.

Batum was a key factor for Charlotte in its win over Minnesota back on Nov. 15, scoring 16 points and hitting a few key three-pointers late in the game. This season, he is averaging 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Injuries:

Charlotte: Marvin Williams (knee) is out.

Minnesota: Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is out. Brandon Rush (toe) is questionable.

Projected Starters:

Charlotte: PG – Walker, SG – Batum, SF – Kidd-Gilchrist, PF – Kaminsky, C – Zeller

Minnesota: PG – Rubio, SG – LaVine, SF – Wiggins, PF – Dieng, C – Towns

 

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