Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves / NBA – Utah and Minnesota are going to meet for the fourth time this season. Utah was more successful so far; it won two previous games (one at home 106-102 and another away 125-111). The Wolves need to win in order to stay in the race for the play-off.
Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves begins 15.03.2019 at 02:00 CET
The Jazz’s score is 37 wins and 29 losses before game with the Wolves and that is enough for the eight place in the Western Conference and solid advantage over next two positioned teams, the Kings and Wolves. Not many games are left to be played before the end of regular season (Utah will play 16 more) and each win can be significant step toward the play-off. The Jazz plays well at home this season as they won 21 out of 33 home games.
First two games between Utah and Minnesota were, in result terms, uncertain by the very end (the Wolves won by three-point difference, and then lost by four points), but the Jazz soundly won their last game played in Minneapolis. Before the game Utah lost two times in a row and definitely wants to end the negative series with victories over the Suns and Wolves and make more room between itself and teams right behind it.
Probable lineups Utah Jazz: Mitchell, O'Neale, Ingles, Favors, Gobert
The Wolves are well aware that each new defeat significantly reduces their chances to reach so much desired play-off and that is why they have to maximally seriously approach to the game. All previous games are irrelevant now but the Wolves have certain problems with injury of several standard starters; Towns, Teague and Wiggins. After winning the Wizards and Knicks they lost to the Nuggets 107-133 and now occupy the 10th place in the Western Conference with score 32-35.
They faced the Nuggetes without Teague, Rose, Wiggins and Covington, but centre Towns was on the court. It is questionable will some of injured player get ready for the game (allegedly Wiggins is the closest to return in the team) as with such short bench it is not likely to win in Salt Lake City. Towns cannot do all alone; we saw that against the Nuggets, when he missed most of his standard teammates.
Probable lineups Minnesota Wolves: Jones, Okogie, Bates-Diop (Wiggins), Saric, Towns
Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves PICK
Utah stopped its opponents below 100 points 19 times this season but not the Wolves. Now, the Wolves health situation comes handy and they should use it, especially since the Wolves would be virtually eliminated from the race for the play-off if they lose.
Pick: Utah -10 points
Odds: 1.91 at 10bet (down to 1.86 can be played)
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