Timberwolves host the 76ers in out-of-conference contest
Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Philadelphia 76ers in out-of-conference play.
The Timberwolves have gone 24-12 in home games. Minnesota is 19-20 in games decided by 10 points or more.
The 76ers have gone 18-18 away from home. Philadelphia is second in the Eastern Conference with 36.7 defensive rebounds per game, led by Joel Embiid averaging 11.2. The 76ers won 149-107 in the last meeting between these two teams on Jan. 15. Embiid led Philadelphia with 31 points and Derrick Rose led Minnesota with 15 points.
LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 7-3, averaging 114 points, 50.8 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 6.9 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points on 45.0 percent shooting.
Timberwolves: 4-6, averaging 111.4 points, 47.3 rebounds, 24 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting.
Timberwolves Injuries: Robert Covington: out for season (ankle), Jeff Teague: out for season (left foot inflammation), Taj Gibson: day to day (calf), Luol Deng: day to day (sore left achilles), Derrick Rose: out for season (right elbow soreness).