Cleveland faces Minnesota, aims for 9th straight home win

February 27, 2022 GMT

Minnesota Timberwolves (32-29, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-24, fourth in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland will try to keep its eight-game home win streak intact when the Cavaliers take on Minnesota.

The Cavaliers are 19-9 in home games. Cleveland ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 47.2 points per game in the paint led by Jarrett Allen averaging 12.6.

The Timberwolves are 14-17 on the road. Minnesota is sixth in the league scoring 113.1 points per game while shooting 44.7%.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Cavaliers won 123-106 in the last matchup on Dec. 11. Allen led the Cavaliers with 21 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 21 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Darius Garland is shooting 47.7% and averaging 20.3 points for the Cavaliers. Allen is averaging 16.4 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

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D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19.3 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves. Towns is averaging 24.3 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 6-4, averaging 102.6 points, 43.4 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.5 points per game.

Timberwolves: 6-4, averaging 118.8 points, 42.9 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.2 points.

INJURIES: Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Rajon Rondo: out (toe), Darius Garland: out (back), Caris LeVert: out (foot).

Timberwolves: McKinley Wright IV: out (arm), Malik Beasley: day to day (illness).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.