A high-scoring game should be expected from the Minnesota Timberwolves (105.2 PPG) and Portland Trail Blazers (108.3 PPG) when two of the league's top scoring offenses battle it out at Target Center. The Timberwolves have been relatively average this year, coming in with a 12-13 record. Entering with a record of 22-4, the Trail Blazers have played exceptionally well this season. They have been hot as of late, winning nine out of their last 10. This game has a start time of 8:00 pm EST and CSN-NW and FSN-N will be providing coverage of the contest.
After their 101-97 loss to the Celtics, the Timberwolves are looking to avoid a repeat performance. Despite the loss, Kevin Love earned his 22nd double-double of the year. He recorded 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolves. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are coming off a tight win over the Cavaliers, 119-116. Damian Lillard contributed greatly, accounting for 36 points and 10 assists to claim his first double-double of the season.
Minnesota should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. They rank second in the NBA at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.4%). Meanwhile, Portland forces the third-fewest turnovers in the league (14.3%). Also, the Trail Blazers's first-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 110.5) will face off against the third-ranked defense of the Timberwolves (defensive efficiency of 104.7).