wolves gameday

8 p.m. vs. Denver • FSN, 830-AM

Balanced record is within reach

Wolves update: The Wolves (25-26) have a chance to get back to .500 again. They have spent most of the season below that mark, only rising above it briefly at 13-12. This is the second of four meetings between the teams this season; Denver won the first 103-101 on Nov. 21 at Target Center. The final two games will be in Denver, including the regular-season finale April 10. ... The Wolves were No. 29 in the NBA in opponent three-point percentage when Tom Thibodeau was fired in early January, but they are No. 4 in that stat in 11 games under Ryan Saunders. ... Derrick Rose, who has missed the past three games because of a sore right ankle, is questionable for Saturday. Fellow point guards Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague, along with forward Robert Covington, are listed as out.

Nuggets update: After being edged out of the playoffs in Game 82 by the Wolves last season, the Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference at 36-15. Saturday's game is the second of a back-to-back after Denver beat Houston 136-120 at home Friday behind first-time All-Star center Nikola Jokic, who had 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting, 13 rebounds and nine assists. The Nuggets are 7-1 in the second leg of back-to-backs this season. ... Denver guard Jamal Murray (18.5 ppg) has missed four games in a row with a sprained ankle and could miss Saturday's game as well.

Michael Rand