by Alma Bean
Feature Image: Photo by Carmen Mandato of Getty Images
The Utah Jazz (27-28) takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-28) just before the trade deadline takes over the NBA.
What to Look For
Both teams will have to block out the noise of the NBA trade deadline. Minnesota and Utah are currently involved in a three-team trade rumor involving the Los Angeles Lakers that would potentially move D’Angelo Russell, Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and potentially more. With everyone on the edge of their seats, these teams might put out an incredible performance for those in attendance. Though he had a slump in his last game, Rudy Gobert is still fourth in the league in rebounds per game (11.4) with Lauri Markkanen not too far behind at number 25 in the league (8.7). In Utah’s five-game homestand, Utah so far has a record of 2-2 with an average differential of -2.3 PPG and is looking to finish this stand with stand with a positive record.
Key of the Game
Focus on perimeter shooting. Though both teams have a pretty similar percentage from the three-point line, Minnesota has one of the highest opponent 3PT% in the league at 36.8 percentage. With high focus between Gobert and Walker Kessler in the paint, this may open up opportunities for players like Jordan Clarkson and Ochai Agbaji.
Minnesota- Kyle Anderson: Questionable (back), Rudy Gobert: Questionable (groin), Jordan McLaughlin: Questionable (calf), Austin Rivers: Out (suspension), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (calf)
Utah- Johnny Juzang: Out (G League), Micah Potter: Out (elbow), Jarred Vanderbilt: Out (back)
Where to Watch
Tip-off between Minnesota and Utah will be at 7:00 p.m. MT on AT&T SportsNet.