The Wolves took the first meeting 117-95 in Milwaukee. They entered that night (12/28) fresh off a win the night before vs. the Washington Wizards. Their win in Milwaukee got them back at .500 on the season at 15-15.
At that time, the Bucks were suffering through a number of different injuries to key players and the Wolves certainly took advantage of that (just as many teams did to the Wolves a year ago). The Bruise Brothers both finished with double-doubles; Love led the team with 33 points, 15 rebounds & 6 assists, while Pek added 18 points & 11 rebounds. Martin also had a nice game finishing with 20 points and 4 three-pointers.
Minnesota earned that win in Milwaukee with their three-point shooting (11-24) and forcing turnovers 20 for 25 MIN points.
Here's the full recap of that game if you're interested: TWolves Back to .500 w/117-95 Win over Bucks.
The Wolves aren't technically eliminated from the playoffs, however with the way they've been playing, coupled with the recent surges from the Mavericks and the Grizzlies, it seems as though they're going to have a tough time ending this decade-long playoff drought.
That being said, the playoff hopes are still alive in the Wolves' players and in reality if they can rattle off a lengthy winning streak, they could find themselves in the thick of the race come early April.
Some Gameday notes on tonight's matchup....
- The Wolves are seeking a fourth straight win over the Bucks tonight.
- The Bucks are looking to avoid a 13 loss on the road in their last 14 road games.
- The Wolves have dropped 2 of 3 in this crucial homestand, with losses to the Raptors & Knicks and a win over the Pistons.
- Minnesota is currently in 10th place in the West and 5 games out of the final playoff spot.
- Milwaukee is currently sporting the NBA's worst record and are on their way to a Top 3 pick in the 2014 Draft.
- The Wolves are coming off that loss to the Raptors 104-111 on Sunday night. The Bucks are coming off a win over the Orlando Magic last night. The Magic led by as many as 18 in that game, but the Bucks rallied for the 105-98 victory.
- The Bucks are 2-11 in their last 13 visits to Minnesota.
- The Bucks are 2-22 vs. the Western Conference this season. Their two wins have come against the Northwest division worst Utah and the conference-worst Lakers.
The Wolves will be without Ronny Turiaf (knee) and A.J. Price (appendectomy). The Bucks will be without Carlos Delfino who is out for the season with a foot injury. Larry Sanders is out with an eye injury, but is targeting a late-March return. Ekpe Udoh will be a gametime decision with an ankle injury.
Tipoff is set for 7pmCST from the Target Center, enjoy!