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GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat visit the Minnesota Timberwolves in must-win game

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Miami only has four chances left to pick up as many wins as possible.

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The Miami Heat (38-40) have precious few chances left to make up any lost ground from losing back-to-back games against the Boston Celtics. Tonight is one of them, when they hit the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-43).

Minnesota may be out of their playoff race in the West in 10th place and are without several key players, but remain a dangerous foe playing the part of spoiler. While the Heat have a respectable 20-18 record on the road, the Timberwolves have a 24-14 record at the Target Center and still have the formidable duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Wiggins to deal with.

Towns led his team to a 113-104 victory on Dec. 30 in their first game against the Heat this season, with a highly impressive stat line of 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots.

Game Info

When: Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis MN

TV: Fox Sports Sun

Win Probability: According to FiveThirtyEight the Heat have a 35% chance to win.

Probable Starters

Minnesota: Josh Okogie, Tyus Jones, Dario Saric, Anthony Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns,

Miami: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Derrick Jones Jr., Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo

Injury Report

Timberwolves: Robert Covington (knee) - out, Jeff Teague (foot) - out, Derrick Rose (elbow) - out, Luol Deng (achilles) - out, Taj Gibson (calf) - doubtful.

Heat: Josh Richardson (groin) - out, Dion Waiters - (knee) probable, Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruise) - questionable, Ryan Anderson (personal reasons) - out.

What To Watch For

How will the Heat contain Towns, who stands as their biggest threat to prevent them from picking up a huge road win? Bam Adebayo, Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk will have their hands full trying to limit Towns, who pushed through a recent shooting slump to shoot 12-15 and finish with 28 points and 13 rebounds in Minnesota’s last game.

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