New Orleans faces Minnesota on home skid
Minnesota Timberwolves (25-29, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (24-31, 13th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Friday, 9 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans hosts Minnesota looking to end its four-game home slide.
The Pelicans are 14-20 in conference matchups. New Orleans is second in the Western Conference scoring 116.2 points and shooting 48 percent.
The Timberwolves are 15-21 in Western Conference play. Minnesota ranks third in the league with 11.7 offensive rebounds per game, led by Karl-Anthony Towns averaging 3.4. The Timberwolves won the last meeting between these two teams 110-106 on Jan. 12. Towns scored 27 points to help lead Minnesota to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds for the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday has scored 21.4 points and added 7.1 rebounds while shooting 46.8 percent over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
Towns leads the Timberwolves with 12.2 rebounds and averages 22.9 points. Dario Saric has averaged 1.4 made 3-pointers and has scored 7.6 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 4-6, averaging 110.3 points, 47.2 rebounds, 24 assists, seven steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting.
Pelicans: 3-7, averaging 110.1 points, 46.9 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 5.3 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting.
Pelicans Injuries: Jason Smith: day to day (left knee soreness), E’Twaun Moore: day to day (left quadriceps contusion), Elfrid Payton: out (right ankle sprain).
Timberwolves Injuries: Robert Covington: out (ankle), Jerryd Bayless: day to day (toe), Tyus Jones: day to day (left ankle sprain), Jeff Teague: day to day (left foot soreness), Derrick Rose: day to day (ankle).