Through 3 Quarters
The Charlotte Hornets are giving their home crowd exactly what it was hoping to see. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves as Charlotte lead 101-83.
The Hornets have been riding high on the performance of shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr., who has shot 7-for-11 from downtown and has recorded 27 points. One thing to keep an eye out for is Nick Richards' foul situation as he currently sits at four.
Minnesota has been led by center Karl-Anthony Towns, who so far has 21 points and six assists in addition to seven rebounds.
If the matchup were over now, this would be Charlotte's biggest margin of victory yet this season.
Minnesota @ Charlotte
Current Records: Minnesota 9-9; Charlotte 12-8
What to Know
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't won a contest against the Charlotte Hornets since Oct. 25 of 2019, but they'll be looking to end the drought Friday. They will face off against one another at 7 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center. The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close matchup.
The Miami Heat typically have all the answers at home, but on Wednesday Minnesota proved too difficult a challenge. The Timberwolves took down Miami 113-101. Among those leading the charge for Minnesota was shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who shot 6-for-15 from downtown and finished with a double-double on 33 points and 14 rebounds in addition to six dimes.
As for Charlotte, they can't say they have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. They came out on top against the Orlando Magic by a score of 106-99 on Wednesday. Charlotte's shooting guard Terry Rozier looked sharp as he had 27 points and five assists along with six steals.
The Timberwolves are now 9-9 while the Hornets sit at 12-8. A couple defensive stats to keep an eye on: Minnesota have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.10%, which places them fourth in the league. Less enviably, Charlotte is stumbling into the game with the third most points allowed per game in the league, having given up 112.4 on average.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: Bally Sports SE Charlotte
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $20.40
The Hornets are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Timberwolves, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Hornets as a 3-point favorite.
Charlotte have won eight out of their last 12 games against Minnesota.
- Mar 03, 2021 - Charlotte 135 vs. Minnesota 102
- Feb 12, 2021 - Charlotte 120 vs. Minnesota 114
- Feb 12, 2020 - Charlotte 115 vs. Minnesota 108
- Oct 25, 2019 - Minnesota 121 vs. Charlotte 99
- Mar 21, 2019 - Charlotte 113 vs. Minnesota 106
- Dec 05, 2018 - Minnesota 121 vs. Charlotte 104
- Nov 20, 2017 - Charlotte 118 vs. Minnesota 102
- Nov 05, 2017 - Minnesota 112 vs. Charlotte 94
- Dec 03, 2016 - Minnesota 125 vs. Charlotte 120
- Nov 15, 2016 - Charlotte 115 vs. Minnesota 108
- Mar 07, 2016 - Charlotte 108 vs. Minnesota 103
- Nov 10, 2015 - Charlotte 104 vs. Minnesota 95
Injury Report for Charlotte
- Mason Plumlee: Game-Time Decision (Calf)
Injury Report for Minnesota
- Josh Okogie: Game-Time Decision (Back)
- Patrick Beverley: Out (Groin)