Preview: With questions about draft lottery position settled — the Timberwolves’ loss to Houston on Monday guaranteed them the fifth-worst record in the league — this only thing on the line will be pride. And, perhaps, the Wolves’ desire to give the fans a home win to end the season. The Wolves, who had a three-game winning streak ended by the Rockets, have lost four of their last five home games. The banged-up Pelicans have lost four of their past five games overall.
Players to watch: G Zach LaVine has shot 48.8 percent overall in his last 35 games and is 85-for-193 (44.0 percent) on three-pointers over his last 43. C Karl-Anthony Towns, who became the leading rookie scorer in franchise history Monday, has averaged 23 points and 11. 3 rebounds in three games vs. New Orleans. F Nemanja Bjelica has his second straight double-double Monday. Pelicans G/F James Ennis scored 29 points vs. Chicago and has scored in double figures in eight of nine games since being re-signed by New Orleans. G Tony Douglas, also getting playing time with all the Pelicans’ injuries, has scored 19 or more points in four straight games.
Numbers: The Wolves broke a seven-game losing streak to the Pelicans with a 112-110 victory at New Orleans Feb. 27. Four Wolves players — Towns, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and Zach LaVine — have played in every game this season. Andrew Wiggins has missed just one game. Monday’s game marked the league-leading 30th time a Wolves opponent shot 50 percent or better.
Injuries: Wolves F Kevin Garnett (knee) and C Nikola Pekovic (foot/heel) are out. Pelicans F Anthony Davis (knee), F Ryan Anderson (sports hernia), F Quincy Pondexter (knee), G Tyreke Evans (knee), G Bryce Dejean-Jones (wrist), G Eric Gordon (broken finger), G Jrue Holiday (orbital wall fracture), F Alonzo Gee (quad), G Norris Cole (back) and C Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) are out.