6 p.m. at Philadelphia • FSN, NBATV; 830-AM
Improved team to face ex-teammate
Wolves update: The Timberwolves are 2-1 since interim coach Ryan Saunders took over. They won their lone road contest so far under Saunders last week at Oklahoma City. … Former 76ers forward Robert Covington is listed as out again because of right knee bone bruise. Covington will miss his seventh consecutive game. PG Derrick Rose (right ankle), who sat out Saturday’s victory over New Orleans, is listed as questionable. PG Jeff Teague was not on the injury report despite leaving Saturday’s game early after reaggravating his left ankle injury. … In his past nine games, center Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 28.3 points and 16.2 rebounds.
76ers update: The Wolves take on ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 17.5 points in eight career games against them. … In his past six games, F-C Joel Embiid was averaging 29.3 points and 13.5 rebounds. … Point guard Ben Simmons has not attempted a three-point shot all season and has not made one in his career. Simmons was tied for sixth in the league at 8.2 assists per game. He was second among guards with 9.4 rebounds per game, trailing only the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.