Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7-24, 15th in the Western Conference) (18-13, third in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee, 8 p.m. on Tuesday. EST
Giannis Antetokounmpo guides Milwaukee into a Minnesota matchup. In the league, he is seventh, averaging 28.4 points per game.
In home matches, the Bucks are 11-4. With 48.4 rebounds per game, led by Antetokounmpo, averaging 11.9., Milwaukee is the Eastern Conference leader.
On the lane, the Timberwolves are 3-13. When outbounded by rivals, Minnesota is 4-15 and averages 43.1 rebounds per game.
Tuesday’s matchup is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Antetokounmpo scored 28.4 points per game and the Bucks averaged 11.9 rebounds. Though shooting 48.8 percent over the last 10 games for Milwaukee, Khris Middleton averages 19.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.
The Timberwolves are led by Karl-Anthony Towns, averaging 22 points and adding 11.2 rebounds. In the last 10 games for Minnesota, Malik Beasley has averaged 20.4 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 41.9 percent.
LAST 10 GAMES:
Bucks: 5-5, 115.5 points on average, 47.6 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents, on 46.6 percent shooting, averaged 111.8 points.
Timberwolves: 2-8, 110 points on average, 41.6 rebounds, 27.7 assists, nine steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. Their opponents, on 47.0 percent shooting, averaged 113.6 points.
Bucks: Jordan Nwora: out (ankle), Jaylen Adams: out (health and security protocols), Jrue Holiday: out (ankle), Jaylen Adams: out (health and safety protocols) (health and safety protocols).
Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver: down, D’Angelo Russell: out, out (left ankle) (leg).