Murray, Spurs to host Towns and the Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves (39-30, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (26-42, 12th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio plays Minnesota in a matchup of Western Conference teams.
The Spurs are 16-22 in conference games. San Antonio ranks seventh in the NBA with 11.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Jakob Poeltl averaging 3.9 offensive boards.
The Timberwolves are 26-18 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota is 4-3 in one-possession games.
The teams square off for the second time this season. The Timberwolves won the last matchup 115-90 on Nov. 19, with Karl-Anthony Towns scoring 25 points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Dejounte Murray is scoring 20.7 points per game with 8.4 rebounds and 9.3 assists for the Spurs. Lonnie Walker IV is averaging 18.1 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 45.0% over the past 10 games for San Antonio.
Towns is scoring 24.3 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds for the Timberwolves. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 18.8 points and 3.1 rebounds over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 4-6, averaging 116.7 points, 47.1 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.8 points per game.
Timberwolves: 8-2, averaging 122.9 points, 43.7 rebounds, 27.7 assists, 9.9 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.0 points.
INJURIES: Spurs: Romeo Langford: out (hamstring), Keldon Johnson: out (rest), Jakob Poeltl: out (back), Devontae Cacok: out (heel), Joe Wieskamp: out (illness), Dejounte Murray: out (calf).
Timberwolves: Jarred Vanderbilt: out (quad), Anthony Edwards: day to day (knee), Patrick Beverley: day to day (ear), Jordan McLaughlin: day to day (groin).