wolves gameday

7 P.M. VS. detroit • target center• fsn, 830-AM

Preview: The Wolves are coming off one of their most disappointing losses of the season against a Knicks team that had lost seven consecutive games. The Pistons are slumping, too. They have lost eight of their past 10 games. The Wolves have won seven in a row vs. Detroit.

Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love scored just one second-half point Wednesday against New York, finishing with 19 points. ... C Nikola Pekovic has averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds and shot 65.6 percent in three games since his return from ankle bursitis. ... Pistons F Josh Smith is coming off a 15-point, nine-rebound, six-block performance against Chicago. ... G Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 20 points in Minnesota's victory in Detroit Dec. 12.

Numbers: Take out Shabazz Muhammad's 5-for-5 performance Wednesday, and the rest of the Wolves reserves went 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) from the field. ... The Wolves are 2-4 in their past six home games.

Injuries: Wolves C Ronny Turiaf (knee) is out. Detroit G Chauncey Billups (knee surgery) and F/C Josh Harrellson (knee) are out; G Peyton Siva (sprained left ankle) is questionable.

kent youngblood