7 P.M. VS. Chicago • Target Center • No TV, 830-AM
Preview: The Wolves are back home after a four-game road trip that included three losses. The good news: The trip ended with a victory over the Clippers on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Wolves will play three straight at home and five of their next six. This is the last game of a six-game road trip for the Bulls, who will be playing for the sixth time in 10 nights Saturday. It will also be the back end of a back-to-back. Chicago had split the first four games of the trip heading into Friday night’s game at Denver.
Players to watch: Wolves G/F Andrew Wiggins has scored 30 and 31 points in his past two games; he had 31 in the Wolves’ overtime victory in Chicago on Nov. 7. G Zach LaVine has averaged 20 points and is shooting 59.5 percent in his past six games. After scoring in double figures in eight games in a row, G/F Shabazz Muhammad has failed to do so in two of his past three. The Bulls are led in scoring by G/F Jimmy Butler (22.4) and C Pau Gasol (16.7).
Numbers: The Bulls have won 10 of the last 12 games between the teams, including the past six at Target Center. The Wolves are shooting 50 percent in their past 10 games after reaching that mark just once in the previous 31 starts.
Injuries: Wolves G Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable. F Kevin Garnett and C Nikola Pekovic (foot) are doubtful. F Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis), C Joakim Noah (left shoulder) and F Mike Dunleavy (back) are out. C Gasol (hand sprain) and F Butler (knee tendinitis) were listed as questionable for the Bulls’ game Friday in Denver.