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Minnesota at Philadelphia
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 30, 2015
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Minnesota and Philadelphia have been at or near the bottom of the NBA standings all season, but both enter a Friday matchup in the City of Brotherly Love on a rare winning note. The 76ers snapped a six-game slide with an 89-69 rout of Detroit on Wednesday, riding a balanced attack and solid defense to their fourth home win of the season. Robert Covington had 19 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 14, 10 assists and nine rebounds in his return from a one-game layoff for Philadelphia.

Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin waited much longer than that for his return to the court but also made it a triumphant one, bouncing back from a 34-game absence to score 21 points in a 110-98 win over Boston on Wednesday. Martin came off the bench while all five starters scored at least 12 points in Minnesota's first home win since Dec. 10. The Timberwolves' offensive output was among the squad's best of the season, but it was held to 77 points - two more than its season low - in a loss to Philadelphia on Dec. 3.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN Philadelphia

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (8-37): Martin's successful return, which featured 12 points in the fourth quarter, was the story of Minnesota's win over Boston. However, the debut of Lorenzo Brown after he signed a 10-day contract was also notable, as the former 76er scored a career-high 11 points and handed out three assists in 24 minutes off the bench. Veteran Mo Williams is expected to return from a one-game absence to attend a funeral, which may cut into Brown's playing time Thursday.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (9-37): Although he missed a game due to the illness, Carter-Williams looks as if he is ready to carry the torch again in the absence of leading scorer Tony Wroten, who has been lost to an ACL tear. In six games while Wroten was sidelined earlier this season, Carter-Williams averaged 17.7 points, 11.7 assists and 9.2 rebounds. Including the game in which Wroten was hurt earlier this month, Carter-Williams has produced 17.3 points a game on 42.8 percent shooting, a nice bump from his season marks of 15.3 points and 38.1 percent.

BUZZER BEATERS


1. Williams had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the loss to Philadelphia last month.

2. 76ers SG Hollis Thompson is 4-for-21 from the field over his last three games.

3. The Timberwolves are 4-6 with Martin in the lineup and 4-31 without him.

PREDICTION: 76ers 94, Timberwolves 92
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 8-37 W1 4-18 4-19 0-2 8-35 2-7 3-25
Philadelphia 9-37 W1 4-18 5-19 0-1 9-36 1-9 7-20
Last Meeting
Minnesota Philadelphia
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/3/14 PHI 85 MIN 77 77 50 35.7 85 49 39.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota T. Young 16 37.5 4
Philadelphia M. Carter-Williams 20 45.0 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota G. Dieng 16 2 14
Philadelphia M. Carter-Williams 9 1 8
Assists Player  
Minnesota M. Williams 7
Philadelphia M. Carter-Williams 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota A. Wiggins 728 42.8 161
Philadelphia T. Wroten 604 40.9 151
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota G. Dieng 436 169 267
Philadelphia N. Noel 337 103 234
Assists Player  
Minnesota M. Williams 257
Philadelphia M. Carter-Williams 267
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Off vs  Philadelphia Defense
97.6 Points For
101.5 Points Against
43.5 FG%
45.2 FG%
41.0 Reb
46.5 Reb
Philadelphia Off vs  Minnesota Defense
89.5 Points For
107.0 Points Against
40.8 FG%
49.3 FG%
46.5 Reb
43.0 Reb