Preview: The Wolves, coming off a thumping at the hands of an injury-riddled New Orleans team Friday, host a Chicago team reeling a bit as well. It will be Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau’s second game against the team he used to coach. The Wolves allowed the Pelicans to shoot 60 percent, erase an early 15-point Wolves lead and pull away by as many as 21 points in the second half. The Wolves are 9-7 in games in which they lead by 15 points. The Bulls got both Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler back from injury Friday but still lost by 18 in Phoenix, prompting coach Fred Hoiberg to question his team’scompetitiveness. This is the last game in a six-game road swing for the Bulls. The Wolves rallied from 21 down to win in Thibodeau’s return to Chicago on Dec. 13.
Players to watch: Wolves G Ricky Rubio is coming off a 15-point, 12-assist game vs. New Orleans. C Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points in that game. Butler, back in the Bulls lineup at forward after missing three games with a sore right heel, scored 20 in Phoenix, his 38th game with 20 or more points. Wade is averaging 19.1 points.
Injuries: Wolves G Zach LaVine (knee) and F Adreian Payne (illness) are out. Chicago F Paul Zipser (ankle) is questionable. Butler was not on the injury report, but he said his sore right heel might keep him out of this game.