7 p.m. vs. Orlando • Target Center• FSN, 830-AM
Preview: The Wolves had their three-game winning streak ended Sunday in Los Angeles. Now they will try to win their third straight home game after starting the season 0-6 at Target Center. The Magic, which just concluded a 3-0 homestand, has a winning record (9-8) for the first time since Nov. 8, 2013. This is the first of four straight home games for the Wolves, and the start of a five-game road trip for Orlando. The Magic beat the Wolves in overtime on Nov. 18 in Orlando; the teams have gone to OT in three of their past five meetings.
Players to watch: Center Gorgui Dieng has had double-doubles in two of his past three games. G Zach LaVine has scored 18 or more points in three straight games. Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points Sunday, his first game in double figures in his past four. F/G Andrew Wiggins has been the Wolves’ leading scorer in 10 of his past 12 games, averaging 24.4 points in that stretch.
Numbers: The Wolves have been 8-9 after 17 games in three of the past four seasons. Minnesota is 1-5 without G Ricky Rubio in the lineup. The Wolves are shooting 41.9 percent on three-pointers over the past three games. Minnesota has shot 45 percent or better from the field in eight of the past 12 games. Orlando G Evan Fournier scored 26 points — including the game-winning three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left in overtime – against the Wolves on Nov. 18. G Elfrid Payton had a career-high 24 points in that game.
Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic (Achilles’ surgery) is out. Orlando G C.J. Watson (calf) is out.