7 p.m. vs. Toronto • Target Center • FSN, WCCO-830 AM
Preview: The Raptors have won three consecutive games in the middle of a six-game “road trip” that straddles the All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Toronto. They will have played five away games before All-Star weekend takes over Air Canada Centre, then pick up with one more road game — at Chicago — coming out of the break. So far, they’ve lost at Denver and won at Phoenix, Portland and, most recently, 103-89 at Detroit on Monday. … This is the first game between the teams this season; they’ll complete the two-game season series Feb. 24 at Toronto. The Raptors swept last season’s series and have won eight consecutive games between the teams, including the past three at Target Center.
Players to watch: Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was voted a starter and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan was chosen a reserve for Sunday’s All-Star Game. Toronto is the first host city to have a pair of guards picked to play in the game since 1972, when the Lakers’ Jerry West and Gail Goodrich were chosen to play at the Fabulous Forum. … With one more victory, DeRozan ties Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson as the all-time winningest players in franchise history. His Toronto teams have won 231 games during his seven seasons there. … Wolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns’ 19-point, 12-rebound game in Monday’s 116-102 loss to New Orleans was his eighth consecutive double-double. He has 29 of them this season, which ties Kevin Love’s franchise record for rookies. Towns is averaging 21.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks in his past nine games.
Did you know?: Former No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett signed as a free agent with his hometown Raptors last fall after he worked a contract buyout with the Wolves. He has played in 15 games and averaged 5 minutes, 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game this season. He has been a DNP-CD 26 times and inactive 10 times.
Injuries: The Wolves list F Kevin Garnett (sore knee) and C Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) as doubtful and G Kevin Martin (sore wrist) as questionable, but none of them have played the past four games so don’t expect any of them to play Wednesday with the nine-day All-Star break coming. Raptors F DeMarre Carroll (knee surgery) and F James Johnson (sprained ankle) are out.