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Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview and Predictions 12-11-2019


A win over the Memphis Grizzlies looked more like the outlier when the Utah Jazz went out and suffered a 14-point home loss in the next contest. The Jazz will try to avoid falling for the seventh time in nine games when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

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Utah's two wins in the last eight games both came over the Grizzlies and Monday's 104-90 setback against the Oklahoma City Thunder marked the fourth time in the last six losses that it fell by at least 14 points. "Generally speaking, we've clearly struggled over the last several games, in a number of areas," Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters after the latest loss. "Defensively, without getting too technical because I think there were a number of issues throughout the game, I think we're better than that. There's no easy answer other than hard work." The Timberwolves are fighting through their own slump and suffered a fifth consecutive loss when they closed out a four-game trip with a 125-109 loss at Phoenix on Monday. Minnesota is surrendering an average of 128.4 during the slide and let each of Phoenix's five starters knock down multiple 3-pointers.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), FS North (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (13-11): Utah failed to reach 100 points in any of its last three losses and shot 40.4 percent from the floor on Monday while recording 19 assists and 15 turnovers. "We're not playing the way we want to play, and we're not the team that we can be," Jazz center Rudy Gobert told reporters. "So, it's frustrating. All the other teams can see it, and they just come and go at us. ... We just forget about what's important and we fall back into our demons." Gobert did his best to keep his team in the game on Monday, collecting 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 17 rebounds.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (10-13): Minnesota's players were visibly frustrated during Monday's loss and held a team meeting before allowing the media into the locker room. "We talked to each other and addressed a few things," forward Robert Covington told reporters. "Just got to move forward. Got another game Wednesday. Can't let things linger. ... We told each other we got to just get back to ourselves, back to the fun we were having in the beginning of the year." Covington didn't seem to be having much fun while going 1-of-5 from the floor - 0-of-4 from beyond the arc - in Monday's setback.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Jazz PG Mike Conley (hamstring) sat out the last three games and is day-to-day.

2. Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns collected 33 points and 15 rebounds on Monday, snapping a string of three straight games without a double-double.

3. The visiting team took each end of a home-and-home set last month, with Utah earning a 103-95 victory at Minnesota.

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Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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Last Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Allen Crabbe

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Crabbe missed the previous game due to a left knee injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's contest against the Clippers.

  • Shabazz Napier

    Illness
    Prob Mon | probable

    Napier is dealing with an illness, but is expected to play against the Kings on Monday.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Towns is returning from an injury, and so may be rested for Saturday's game against the Raptors.

  • Jeff Teague

    Acquired
    Prob Sat | probable

    Teague was recently acquired via trade, but it is projected that he will make his team debut against the Pistons on Saturday.

  • Treveon Graham

    Acquired
    Prob Sat | probable

    Graham was recently acquired via trade, but he is expected to make his team debut versus the Pistons on Saturday.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Towns has been sidelined with a left knee sprain, and it is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

Utah Jazz

  • Emmanuel Mudiay

    Ankle
    day-to-day | probable

    Mudiay sat out the previous game due to right ankle soreness but will likely play Monday against the Rockets.

  • Rudy Gobert

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Gobert sustained a left ankle injury in the previous game but is expected to take the court against the Warriors on Wednesday.

  • Mike Conley

    Hamstring
    Prob Sat | probable

    Conley has been sidelined with a left hamstring strain, but is expected to make his return against the Kings on Saturday.

  • Donovan Mitchell

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Mitchell missed the last game due to illness, but he is expected to suit up for Tuesday's matchup against the Nets.