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Wednesday, April 2nd (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (19-54) at Utah Jazz (49-26), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz play the middle contest of a three-game homestand when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.

Minnesota is 2-1 against Utah this season. The Timberwolves have dropped four straight as the visitor against the Jazz.

Utah is No. 4 in the Western Conference playoff race. The Jazz are three games ahead of the second-place Denver Nuggets in the Northwest Division.

The Jazz opened the homestand with a victory. C.J. Miles scored a career-high 29 points to lead a balanced Utah attack that included seven players in double figures, and the Jazz trounced the Washington Wizards, 129-87, on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

All-Star Carlos Boozer finished with 19 points, while Deron Williams scored 12 and dished out a game-high 16 assists for Utah, which has captured four of its last five games overall.

Utah, which has won four in a row as the host, is an impressive 33-4 at home this season. The Jazz will host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday in the finale of the current homestand.

On the injury front for the Jazz, forward Andrei Kirilenko (bruised right calf) is questionable, while guard Ronnie Brewer (strained right groin) is doubtful. Kirilenko has missed two straight games and Brewer did not play against Washington.

The Timberwolves open a two-game road trip tonight. On Tuesday, Rodney Stuckey made the most of his late-season opportunity, scoring the go-ahead basket late in the fourth quarter to complement a 27-point effort, as the Detroit Pistons defeated Minnesota, 94-90, at the Target Center.

Al Jefferson scored 26 points with seven rebounds, while Randy Foye poured in 18 points and grabbed five boards in defeat. Corey Brewer posted 10 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost three of four overall.

Minnesota will visit the Phoenix Suns on Friday at US Airways Center. The Timberwolves, who have dropped four in a row as the visitor, are a brutal 5-30 on the road this season.

04/02 10:57:24 ET


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