What To Watch For
After their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves return home to Target Center to “run it back” against the same opponent — the Utah Jazz.
The team’s latest win was about as noteworthy as they come — including balanced scoring between the team’s “Big Three” and fantastic effort on the defensive end (at least for three of the four quarters). If you missed Saturday’s game in Salt Lake City, our very own Jack Borman put together a great game recap, including some really fun highlights.
Back to tonight — the Wolves will look to sweep their season series against the team with the best record in the league. While Minnesota has had their fair share of struggles against a multitude of teams, they seem to really match up well against the top team in the Western Conference, led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Both KAT and ANT continue to show growing synergy together, which should give many fans (myself included) some real optimism as we close out the regular season in a few weeks.
As for the Jazz, outside of their follies against Minnesota, they have been making beautiful music throughout the entirety of this season, which is why they currently sit in pole position for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. With that said, I’d be slightly remiss if I didn’t also mention the irony of Jazz fans complaining all season about not getting enough respect as legit contenders, only to watch them lose both home games against the team with the second worst record in the league.
Regardless, tonight should be a great litmus test for both franchises — the Jazz will look to turn things around and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Wolves, while Minnesota will look to secure their first two-game winning streak since December 26, 2020 (when they ironically defeated Utah).
Minnesota @Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tomorrow's game vs. Utah:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) April 25, 2021
Malik Beasley - Left Hamstring Injury
No real surprises here — Malik continues to be on the shelf due to his left hamstring injury, and with less than a dozen games remaining on the schedule, it seems unlikely that we will see Beasley again this season.
As for Utah, Donovan Mitchell continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury, and it is expected that he will be re-evaluated at the end of this week.