Wolves-Chicago game preview

  • Updated: January 26, 2014 - 10:03 PM

7 p.m. at Chicago • FSN, 830-AM

Preview: The Timberwolves had a three-game winning streak — including two on the road — stopped at Portland on Saturday night. Along with it went yet another chance to push above .500. Now they will try to break a seven-game losing streak against the Bulls. Chicago has won four of its past five games.

Players to watch: Wolves PG Ricky Rubio has averaged 10.0 points on 55 percent shooting with 12.0 assists and 3.7 steals in the three games of the Wolves road trip so far. C Nikola Pekovic has scored 30 or more points three times in the past 18 games, averaging 21.8 points in that stretch. SG Kevin Martin has averaged 23.5 points in his past four games. Bulls G D.J. Augustin has averaged 20.4 points and 5.6 assists in his past seven games. C Joakim Noah has had 10 or more rebounds in 16 consecutive games. FC Taj Gibson has come off the bench to average 17.3 points in his past four games.

Numbers: Chicago’s 10-3 record in January is the second best in the NBA behind Brooklyn, which is 10-1 after beating Boston on Sunday night. Chicago is 13-5 in its past 18 games. Minnesota is 11-6 vs. Eastern Conference teams, 4-5 on the road.

Injuries: Bulls G Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) and G Derrick Rose (knee) are out.

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