7 p.m. vs. Atlanta • Target Center • FSN+, 830-AM
Preview: On their first three-game winning streak since early March of last year, the Wolves will get an Atlanta Hawks team with the best record in the league. But one perhaps not quite as hot as they were a week ago. The Hawks had their franchise-best 19-game winning streak ended by New Orleans on Feb. 2. They won three more, but then lost Sunday at Memphis. Both teams are playing on the back end of back-to-backs.
Players to watch: Wolves PG Ricky Rubio, so instrumental in Friday’s one-point victory over Memphis at Target Center, is expected to return to action after sitting out Sunday’s game. F Thaddeus Young had 26 points for the Wolves in their loss at Atlanta on Jan. 25. G Mo Williams had 20 points vs. the Hawks that night. C Nikola Pekovic is coming off a season-high 29 points vs. Detroit. All five Hawks starters average in double figures, led by G Jeff Teague and F Paul Millsap (17.2 each). Millsap had 20 points vs. Minnesota Jan. 25, C Al Horford had 19 and Teague had 15.
Injuries: Wolves PG Rubio and F Shabazz Muhammad are expected to return to action. F Robbie Hummel (broken hand) is out. Hawks F/G Thabo Sefolosha (right calf strain) is out.