Minnesota Timberwolves (32-39, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (31-39, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota aims to stop its four-game slide with a victory over Charlotte.
The Hornets are 21-15 on their home court. Charlotte is 4-10 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The Timberwolves have gone 9-28 away from home. Minnesota is 18-19 in games decided by at least 10 points. In their last meeting on Dec. 5, the Timberwolves won 121-104. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 35 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kemba Walker leads the Hornets with 3.2 made 3-pointers and averages 24.9 points while shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers and 11.2 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
Towns is averaging 24.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Timberwolves. Dario Saric has averaged 1.1 made 3-pointers and scored 10.2 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 3-7, averaging 113.5 points, 46.5 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting.
Hornets: 3-7, averaging 106.5 points, 42.5 rebounds, 21.3 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112 points on 46.0 percent shooting.
Hornets Injuries: Cody Zeller: day to day (left knee soreness), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: out (concussion), Tony Parker: day to day (rest).
Timberwolves Injuries: Robert Covington: out (ankle), Jeff Teague: out (left foot inflammation), Taj Gibson: day to day (calf), Luol Deng: out (sore left achilles), Derrick Rose: out (right elbow soreness).