7 P.M. VS. denver • target center • fsn, 830-AM
Preview: The Wolves, still without starters Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, need to find a way to break a four-game losing streak— their longest of the season — before a week-long break for the All-Star Game. This could be the opportunity. The Nuggets are nearly as beat up as the Wolves and are in the midst of their own three-game losing streak and have lost five of seven.
Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love has averaged 31.4 points and 14.7 seven rebounds in his past seven games. F Chase Budinger has started the past two games in place of Martin, averaging 17 points and six rebounds in those games. F Corey Brewer has shot 51.8 percent in his past 23 games. Denver C J.J. Hickson has a double-double in 15 of his past 27 games. G Randy Foye has shot nearly 43 percent from three-point range his past 17 games.
Numbers: Denver’s bench is third in the league in scoring at 39.1 points per game and is second in rebounds (17.8). Denver’s bench has outscored its opponent in 34 of 50 games. Denver has won 23 of the past 27 games between the two teams, including both this season
Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) and G Kevin Martin (broken left thumb) are out. Denver F Danilo Gallinari (knee), Ty Lawson (rib fracture), C JaVale McGee and G Nate Robinson (knee) are out.