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The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to get their second straight win on Saturday when they play the Utah Jazz. The Wolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118–100 on Tuesday. Their 45-21 record has put them in the third spot in the West. But, their next matchup may see them head onto the road without Rudy Gobert. Notably, 13 out of their 21 losses this season have occurred while on the road.

The Wolves and Jazz will play each other four times this season. This is the third volume of their 2024 clash and Minnesota has won both games so far. But, their 2-0 lead will enter a challenging test on 18 March in the potential absence of Rudy GobertAs per ESPN, Gobert is questionable for the upcoming match due to a sprained left rib. The T-Wolves are also dealing with an injured Kyle Anderson who is also questionable for the Utah match.

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Monte Morris (stretched left hamstring) also has a questionable status for the next match, putting Minnesota in a triple-threat situation. The injury bug has tormented the T-Wolves lately, because of which, they have slipped from the top spot in the West. However, if Rudy Gobert steps on the court, the Wolves will have a better fighting chance against his former team.


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During his nine years with the Jazz, Rudy Gobert won three NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards for keeping the opposing offensive players at bay. Moreover, he has also been named to the All-Defensive First Team six times and to the NBA All-Star team three times. 

2023-24 Chances for Rudy Gobert to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year

This season, the Minnesota Timberwolves center had a chance of +1800 to win the award. In the last month of the regular season, however, those odds have shrunk down to -900. With 12.9 boards per game, Rudy Gobert has the second-highest stats in the league. His size in the paint at 7 feet 1 inches has been an important component of Minnesota’s success. Other than his chances of winning the top defensive award, Gobert is having another good season.

He is averaging 13.8 points and 2.1 blocks per game while hitting 64.9% from the field in 62 games. The center player stands a chance to win the maiden NBA Championship for his team in 2024. Will he be able to recreate the same championship run in the playoffs like Nikola Jokic in 2023 for the Denver Nuggets?

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