The 2-1 Minnesota Timberwolves will face the 2-1 Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at the Target Center.
Minnesota is coming off a 107-96 win in Brooklyn on Monday. You can check out the full gameday recap of that one under the Gameday section on this site.
The Orlando Magic played on Tuesday night vs. the Bulls in Chicago. Orlando was ahead for the majority of that matchup, but thanks to Chicago's fourth quarter play--led by Luol Deng & Nate Robinson, the Bulls outscored Orlando 31-23 (in the 4th) for the 93-99 win. Orlando's Arron Afflalo had 28pts, 5reb, 5ast, 1blk & 1stl and Orlando's starting frontcourt (Glen Davis & Nikola Vucevic) added 16pts & 10reb apiece.
The Magic had gotten off to a good start (until the matchup vs. Chicago) in their first two games. In their first game (Nov. 2nd) vs. the Denver Nuggets they took down a Western Conference powerhouse (or at least they were supposed to be), 102-89. Their next game came vs. the Phoenix Suns (Nov. 4th), which resulted in a 115-94 win.
The Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love & Ricky Rubio. The Magic will likely be without their starting point guard: Jameer Nelson. Nelson has missed the last two games with a strained groin/hamstring. In his place E'Twaun Moore has started at point guard. There is still a chance he plays however, as he did make the road trip. Chances are better that he sits this one out rather than risk aggravating the muscle strains. The Magic are also without their starting small forward Hedo Turkoglu. Turk broke his left hand in the Magic's first game. Undrafted rookie DeQuan Jones has started the past two games and it's expected he'll be the starter, once again. Rookie Maurice Harkless is dealing with a sports hernia and hasn't yet made his NBA debut. Al Harrington has yet to make his Magic debut, either.
Let's take a look at the probable starting lineups...
The Magic have certainly been a surprise early this season. Even without some of their best players: Nelson/Turkoglu/Harrington, but still they've remained competitive. Many have this team finishing near the bottom not only in the Eastern Conference, but also in the NBA, it's still VERY, VERY early in the season, but they've looked good thus far.
The Timberwolves need to get Nikola Pekovic going on that LARGE advantage in the paint vs. the 'Other Nikola'. With Jones matched up with AK47, I'd expect another big game from Andrei.
This one is set to tip at 7pmCT from the Target Center on Wednesday night. We'll have a full gameday recap of this one following the final horn, until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
Cody D. Anderson
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