Charlotte Faces Minnesota, Aims To End Road Slide
Charlotte Hornets (17-43, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-30, eighth in the Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Timberwolves -7.5
BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte will aim to stop its seven-game road losing streak when the Hornets play Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are 20-13 in home games. Minnesota is seventh in the NBA with 15.1 fast break points per game led by Anthony Edwards averaging 3.6.
The Hornets are 8-25 on the road. Charlotte has an 11-25 record against opponents over .500.
The teams play for the second time this season. The Hornets won the last matchup 110-108 on Nov. 25, with Kelly Oubre Jr. scoring 28 points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Edwards is scoring 24.9 points per game with 5.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Timberwolves. Jaden McDaniels is averaging 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 48.9% over the past 10 games for Minnesota.
Terry Rozier is averaging 21.8 points and 4.9 assists for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40.5% over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 5-5, averaging 118.7 points, 43.1 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 6.6 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.4 points per game.
Hornets: 3-7, averaging 114.9 points, 44.7 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.4 points.
INJURIES: Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns: out (calf).
Hornets: Kelly Oubre Jr.: out (hand), Cody Martin: out (knee), Terry Rozier: day to day (hand).