NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Portland 38 37 22 35 132
Minnesota 23 41 36 22 122
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , April 1, 2019
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Blazers seek strong end to road trip in Minnesota

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According to STATS

Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Trail Blazers have won nine of their last 11, but lost their most recent game, 99-90, against the Pistons. In the team's 10 games directly prior to facing Detroit, Portland averaged 121.0 points per game.
  2. The Timberwolves have lost seven of their last nine games, including a 118-109 loss against the 76ers in their most recent game. Over this nine-game stretch, opponents are averaging 15.4 three-pointers made per game at a 42.8-percent clip against Minnesota.
  3. Damian Lillard is on pace to average at least 25.0 points and 5.0 assists for the fourth straight season. The only players with longer active such streaks are LeBron James (on pace for 15 straight) and James Harden (on pace for 7 straight) (min. 70% team games played each season).
  4. Karl-Anthony Towns has gone two straight games without hitting a three-pointer (0-for-8), the first time he's gone consecutive games without a three-pointer this season. In his 14 games directly prior to this two-game stretch, Towns shot 48.2 percent (40-for-83) from beyond the arc.
  5. Seth Curry made his 100th three-pointer of the season last game against Detroit. Of the 98 players who have made 100+ three-pointers this season, Curry's three-point percentage (44.6) ranks third behind Joe Harris (47.1) and Danny Green (45.1).
  6. The Trail Blazers have won two of three games against the Timberwolves this season, though the home team has won all three matchups. The home team has won the last 10 meetings overall in this series

The Portland Trail Blazers still have much to play for this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves? Not so much.

The Trail Blazers (48-28) come to Minneapolis Monday night to face the Timberwolves in the final stop on a four-game road trip. Portland has won nine of its last 11 contests, but has fallen behind Houston (49-28) and into fourth place in the Western Conference.

The Timberwolves (34-42) are out of the playoff picture and have dropped seven of their last nine outings - though one of the wins was a 131-130 overtime thriller over Golden State on Friday.

The Detroit Pistons went scoreless for more than five minutes to start the game, missed their first 13 shots and their first 16 3-point attempts - and still beat the Blazers 99-90 Saturday night. Portland shot .373 from the field and made only 4 of 21 attempts from 3-point range. The Blazers led 34-31 at halftime in a game that saw the lowest combined halftime total in the NBA this season.

"It was one of those games where not a lot was going right," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "The first quarter was brutal. Neither team really had it going. I'm sure (the Pistons) would say the same thing ... it was tough."

"It was a junked-up game," said Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who finished with 23 points but made only 8 of 25 shots from the field and had two points in the first half. "Most of the game, neither team could make a shot. It wasn't our night on the offensive end.

"Let's just flush this loss in Detroit and move on."

The Blazers come to Minneapolis with a 19-19 record away from home.

"Especially on the road, we can't relax," said Portland center Enes Kanter, who collected 20 points and 15 rebounds against the Pistons. "We need to finish the job."

The Timberwolves don't appear to have quit on the season despite their losing record. They rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to overcome the Warriors. Minnesota trailed 38-20 after one quarter and got to within three points in the fourth quarter in a 118-109 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

"We've got to build so that we don't give ourselves these holes," interim coach Ryan Saunders said.

"I was concerned coming into the game about a letdown from (the win over Golden State), because that's human nature in a lot of ways. You've got to guard against that."

Forward Andrew Wiggins has continued to produce, scoring 20 points or more in each of the last six games.

"It's not like we're force-feeding him the ball," Saunders said. "He's getting a lot of his scores in the open court in other ways. He's getting it more within the system, within the offense and the flow."

"It's hard to come back on a good team," said Wiggins, who scored 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting against the 76ers. "We did it (against the Warriors), but it was difficult. It makes our chances lower by throwing ourselves in a hole like that, but we fought back. It just didn't go our way at the end."

--Field Level Media

Updated March 31, 2019

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