Minnesota Timberwolves (16-44, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (44-15, first in the Western Conference) Salt Lake City; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Jazz are 5-2 against opponents in the Northwest Division.
The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves have been eliminated from playoff contention after the San Antonio Spurs' 106-91 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, per ESPN Stats & Info. Houston had made the playoffs for eight straight seasons, which was the longest current streak in the NBA. The Rockets are now in rebuilding mode though after granting superstar guard James Harden's trade request and dealing him to the Brooklyn Nets in January.
Those who watch the games and analyze the data feel differently. You can’t win much of anything in the NBA if you cannot defend a lick. And the Timberwolves, as currently constructed, cannot defend a lick.