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Game 38: Magic at Timberwolves GameThread

The Magic must slow down one of the best young players in the league Friday night as they dance with the Wolves in game two of their five-game road trip

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando’s five-game road trip continues tonight in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. The Wolves are led by one of the hottest players in the NBA in Karl-Anthony Towns, who has averaged 28.2 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 3.0 blocks over his last five games.

Minnesota will also be welcoming Jeff Teague back into their starting lineup. Teague has missed the Timberwolves’ last nine games.

Entering play Friday night, the Magic sit 1.5 games back of the Southeast division-leading Miami Heat (6th in the Eastern Conference), and one-half game back of the Detroit Pistons (17-19, eighth in the Eastern Conference).

Who: Orlando Magic at Minnesota Timberwolves
When: Friday, January 4th, 8:00 PM EST
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Line: Minnesota -4.5, O/U: 212.5
Injuries: Minnesota - Derrick Rose (ankle, OUT), Robert Covington (ankle, OUT); Orlando - Jonathon Simmons (ankle, QUESTIONABLE)

Check out our preview of tonight’s Magic/Wolves game here.

For perspective from the other side, check out the work our friends over at Canis Hoopus are doing.

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