Lillard, Portland set for matchup with Minnesota
Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lillard currently ranks seventh in the league averaging 26.9 points per game.
The Timberwolves are 1-6 against division opponents. Minnesota gives up 114.4 points to opponents and has been outscored by 2.6 points per game.
The Trail Blazers are 3-4 against opponents in the Northwest Division. Portland is the worst team in the Western Conference scoring 43.3 points in the paint per game.
The two teams square off for the second time this season. The Trail Blazers defeated the Timberwolves 113-106 in their last matchup on Dec. 21. Lillard led Portland with 29 points, and Andrew Wiggins paced Minnesota scoring 33 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gorgui Dieng ranks second on the Timberwolves with 5.8 rebounds and averages 7.5 points. Shabazz Napier has averaged 12.6 points and added three rebounds while shooting 37.1 percent over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Lillard is averaging 26.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Trail Blazers. Hassan Whiteside is shooting 56.0 percent and has averaged 15.5 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 4-6, averaging 105.8 points, 47.3 rebounds, 20.7 assists, 10.2 steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106 points on 43.8 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers: 4-6, averaging 110.3 points, 44.4 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 5.3 steals and seven blocks per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting.