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Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Match Preview and Predictions - 20th November 2019

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:05 IST

These two teams will meet for the second time in 3 days.
These two teams will meet for the second time in 3 days.

Match details

Fixture: Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Date & Time: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 (8:00 PM ET)

Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Last game results

Utah Jazz (8-5): 102-112 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves (18 November, Monday)

Minnesota Timberwolves (8-6): 112-102 win over Utah Jazz (18 November, Monday)

Utah Jazz Preview

Despite the inclusion of veteran point guard Mike Conley, Utah Jazz have struggled to be as dominant as they were initially expected to be. After winning four in a row, they have now dropped two straight, with their latest defeat handed to them by the Minnesota Timberwolves at home.

That said, they are still placed as a 6th seed on the West standings with a respectable 8-5 (0.615) record to their name. On a positive note, the team is shooting a blazing 49% from the field and recording over 118 points per game so far.

Key Player - Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Mitchell was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Donovan Mitchell's ceiling has always been a intriguing topic of debate across the league. The 23-year-old has been growing significantly ever since his rookie season, currently posting career-high averages of 24.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per match.

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Having started in all 13 games so far, Don is converting 45.6% of his FG attempts, along with 1.5 steals per contest on the defensive end.

Jazz predicted lineup

Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neal, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell


Minnesota Timberwolves Preview

Consistency has been a major issue for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. The team has failed to register more than three consecutive wins so far, as they find themselves as the West's 8th seed at the moment.

Their 8-6 (0.571) win-loss record reflects their erratic start to the 2019-20 campaign.

However, Minnesota registered a solid win on the road against the Jazz just recently despite the glaring absence of Andrew Wiggins. Moreover, they are top 5 in the league in blocks, steals and rebounds at the start of the season.

Key Player - Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns is an early leader in the league
Towns is an early leader in the league's MVP race.

Karl-Anthony Towns has been attempting a career-high 9 long-range shots per game this year, and making over 43% of them. He drained 7 three-pointers as his team edged past Utah only recently.

His career-best double-double average of 27 points and 12 rebounds per game is something worth applauding. The 2-time All-Star is shooting 51% from the field and recording 1.4 steals and 1.6 swats on the defensive end as well.

Timberwolves predicted lineup

Robert Covington, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague, Treveon Graham

Jazz vs Timberwolves Match Prediction

The Timberwolves have just handed Utah their first home loss of the season and are carrying serious momentum back to Minnesota with them. Irrespective of whether Wiggins suits up or not, the hosts will have a clear edge when these two teams clash again for round 2.

Where to Watch Jazz vs Timberwolves?

There will be local coverage of the game on Fox Sports North and AT&T Sportsnet from 8:00 PM (ET). You can also live stream the game via NBA League Pass.

Published 20 Nov 2019, 03:04 IST
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