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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: How to watch, TV Channel, streaming, start time, injury report and stats

The first of two national TV games on Friday night will feature top teams in their respective conferences without their star players

For Minnesota, 2024 All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus, while for Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell will miss his fifth straight game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Minnesota (44-19, 1st in West) will now try and stave off the Thunder, Nuggets and Clippers, all within 3 games of the top spot in the West, without their star big man. The Cavs (40-22, 3rd in East) look to be a lock for a top-four seed in the East, but nothing is guaranteed, particularly with Mitchell missing more time.

How to watch Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, TV Channel and streaming

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers will be broadcast live on ESPN, the first of two national TV games on Friday night. The game will also be broadcast regionally on WUAB CW 43 and Bally Sports North Extra.

The game can be streamed on any service that carries ESPN, such as YouTube TV, fuboTV or Sling TV.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers start time, date and venue

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers will tip off at 7:30 PM ET / 6:30 PM CT on Friday, March 8 from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers injury report

Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns - out (knee), Monte Morris - day-to-day (hamstring)

Cavaliers: Donovan Mitchell - out (knee), Evan Mobley - out (ankle), Max Strus - out (knee)

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers predicted lineups

Timberwolves: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

Cavaliers: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Jarrett Allen

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers stats

The Timberwolves are 36-50 without Karl-Anthony Towns in the lineup since the start of the 2020/21 season, Anthony Edwards’ first year with the team.

Anthony Edwards averages 25.8 PPG / 46.1 FG% / 37.8 3P% in 54 games without Towns in the lineup since the start of the 2022/23 season.

Rudy Gobert averages 14.1 PPG / 11.4 RPG in 46 games without Towns in the lineup since the start of the 2022/23 season.

The Cavaliers are 14-16-1 against the spread in home games this season.

The Cavaliers are 7-9 at home since the start of 22/23 when Donovan Mitchell is not in the lineup.

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