Cleveland Cavaliers (14-12, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-14, ninth in the Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota enters the matchup with Cleveland after losing four games in a row.
The Timberwolves are 7-8 on their home court. Minnesota leads the NBA with 13.4 offensive rebounds per game led by Jarred Vanderbilt averaging 3.1.
The Cavaliers are 8-5 in road games. Cleveland is fourth in the Eastern Conference scoring 45.5 points per game in the paint led by Jarrett Allen averaging 13.7.
TOP PERFORMERS: D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19 points and 6.4 assists for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 25.8 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Darius Garland is averaging 19.5 points and 7.2 assists for the Cavaliers. Allen is averaging 21.6 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 5-5, averaging 112.3 points, 46.7 rebounds, 22.2 assists, 8.5 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 43.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.5 points per game.
Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 108.9 points, 46.4 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.8 points.
INJURIES: Timberwolves: D'Angelo Russell: out (ankle).
Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee).
The Associated Press