Thursday's Trail Blazers (3-4) and Timberwolves (2-5) contest is the first of three meetings between Portland and Minnesota this season. The second two matchups will be played in the Second Half of the season.
Portland is looking to bounce back from its loss to the Chicago Bulls. That game marked the first time this NBA season that a team was up by as many as 20 points and ended up losing.
The Timberwolves have struggled right out of the gate, but they’re lead by D'Angelo Russell’s 19.1 points per game.
Minnesota has listed Josh Okogie (left hamstring; strain) and Karl-Anthony Towns (left perilunate; subluxation) as out for Thursday’s game.
As for the Blazers, Rodney Hood (left quad strain) is questionable and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) is out.
Hood has missed the last four games.
Our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes caught up with Trail Blazers big man Harry Giles Wednesday to talk about the room for improvement for the Blazers after an inconsistent start:
“I think we just got to get consistent,” Giles said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with NBCSNW Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes. “It’s tough. This league’s tough. It’s a weird year, not to make any excuses. I think we can’t let up in certain quarters, especially when we have either a good lead or if we’re down. You know because sometimes you aren’t as down as you think, but you’re never as up as you think either. You just have to keep that constant pressure. I think sometimes we ain’t, maybe last night we didn’t keep our foot on their neck like we were supposed to. Kind of got a little bit comfortable, and that’s something we’ve been doing a little bit.”
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The Blazers are -10 point favorites against the Timberwolves, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about the Blazers and Timberwolves matchup --
- LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers split the season series against the Timberwolves 1-1 in 2019-20, with the home team winning both contests.
- Damian Lillard averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in two games against the Timberwolves last season. Lillard has finished in double-figures in all 29 of his career games opposite Minnesota.
- In two games against Minnesota last season, CJ McCollum averaged 20.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
- In two games against the Trail Blazers with the Warriors last season, D'Angelo Russell averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.00 blocks. Russell has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games against the Trail Blazers.
- Jarrett Culver averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in two games against Portland in 2019-20, including a 12 point, six rebound performance on January 9th.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: -10 (-110) -- Timberwolves: +10 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Thursday, January 7
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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