8 p.m. vs. Brooklyn • Target Center • FSN, 830-AM
Two-game slides have ended there
Preview: The Timberwolves finished their three-game road trip with back-to-back losses at Portland and Golden State on Wednesday and Thursday. It is the fifth time this season the Wolves have lost two games in a row, but they have yet to lose three. The Wolves are looking to avenge a 98-97 loss Jan. 3 at Brooklyn in which they were outscored 42-3 on three-pointers. The Nets have lost five of seven, including 116-91 at Milwaukee on Friday night, when the Bucks shot 51.8 percent from the floor to the Nets’ 37.1.
Players to watch: Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a 31-point, 11-rebound, five-assist game at Golden State. G Jeff Teague has averaged 20.7 points over his past three. F Andrew Wiggins scored 29, 40 and 24 points in three consecutive games before being held to 10 Thursday. G Jamal Crawford has come off the bench to average 20.0 points and shoot 61.5 percent in his past two games, after missing two games with a sprained toe. Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 points, including the game-winner with 9.7 seconds left, to beat the Wolves in Brooklyn. F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Numbers: The Wolves have won nine consecutive games at home, but they enter this one only 5-5 at Target Center vs. Eastern Conference teams. The Wolves were outscored 93-36 on three-pointers in losses to the Trail Blazers and Warriors, allowing those two teams to shoot 55.9 percent from behind the arc in those two games. The Wolves have split their past four games while playing without Jimmy Butler.
Injuries: Wolves G Butler (sore knee) is questionable. Nets G Jeremy Lin (knee) is out.