Preview: The Wolves have lost eight in a row. The Thunder entered its game against Sacramento on Friday with the best record in the Western Conference.

Players to watch: Wolves G J.J. Barea has scored in double figures in five consecutive games. Thunder F Kevin Durant and G Russell Westbrook have each totaled 73 points in two games vs. the Wolves this season.

Numbers: Sixteen of the past 21 games between the two teams have been decided by nine points or fewer. The Wolves are 3-18 in that stretch. The Wolves have lost 11 in a row to the Thunder.

Injuries: Wolves PG Ricky Rubio (knee surgery) and C Darko Milicic (hamstring) are out. F Kevin Love (concussion), PG Luke Ridnour (ankle sprain), and G Wayne Ellington (back spasms) are doubtful. For the Thunder, G Eric Maynor (torn knee ligament) is out.