UPDATE (11/27 @5:40pmCST): New addition Mbah a Moute will be in uniform tonight. It's unlikely that he'll see the court unless it's a blowout or someone like Brewer goes down with an injury. Also, the Wolves will be wearing their new alternate jerseys from Adidas. I've seen some preview of them, they're...interesting. Enjoy the Game!
The Timberwolves had a very strong start to the season, but have sputtered lately. The Nuggets stumbled out of the gate to begin the year, but have come on strong the past couple weeks.
The Wolves began the season 7-4 and over that time they averaged 108.5 points on 44.1% shooting. Since, they've gone 1-4 and averaged 98.8 points on 39% shooting.
The Nuggets began the season 0-3, but have gone 7-3 over their last ten games. During that stretch they're scoring 107.3 points on 46.3% shooting.
These two teams have met once already this season. Here's the RECAP of that one. The TWolves played terribly defensively and allowed the Nuggets to score 61 points in the second half for the narrow victory.
The Wolves are 8-8 on the year, 6-2 at home, 1-1 vs. the Northwest division, 3-5 vs. the Western Conference, losers of two-straight and they're 4-6 in their last ten games. The Nuggets are 7-6 on the season, 2-4 on the road, 2-2 vs. the Northwest division, 5-6 vs. the Western Conference, winners of three-straight and they're 7-3 in their last ten games.
The Wolves will be looking to avoid a fifth loss in their last six games, but if they want that to happen they're going to have to play better defense than they did on Monday vs. the Pacers in Indiana. Indy shot over 50% from both the field and from deep. In the game before that, the Wolves faced the Rockets and also allowed them to shoot over 50% from both the field and from deep!
The Nuggets enter tonight seeking a twenty-third victory in the last twenty-seven meetings with their division rival Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves made headlines these past two days with the acquisition of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. It was a trade that sent Derrick Williams to Sacramento, too. Mbah a Moute will take his physical on Wednesday morning and then will attend the morning shootaround. It's unknown at this time whether or not he'll be in uniform for tonight's game.
Minnesota will be without Chase Budinger (knee) and Ronny Turiaf (elbow) are both out for tonight's game. Updates on the both of them can be found in our Injury Report under the Team Section.
The Nuggets are without JaVale McGee (leg) and Danilo Gallinari (knee). It sounds as though both are still a ways from returning to the court.
Let's take a look at tonight's starting lineups...
The Minnesota Timberwolves need to make sure the box out Denver's big men. This is a very good rebounding squad. The Wolves also need to play better defense. The last time these two teams met, there were numerous possessions in the second half where Nugget players just waltzed down the lane for easy buckets.
Ty Lawson is averaging a career-high in points and he's the unquestioned leader of these surging Nuggets. Ricky Rubio needs to have an answer for him on defense early and often in this one.
The Nuggets also have a lot of guys who played with tremendous energy--none more so than Kenneth Faried. The Wolves have Corey Brewer as their sparkplug, but when you face such a young and athletic squad you need to try and match.
Kevin Martin & Kevin Love were scorching hot to start the season, but have cooled off a bit lately and have had some inconsistent performances. Nikola Peković had a rough start to the year, but has come on very strong lately. If the Wolves can get all three of them on the same page and offensively efficient.
Tipoff is set for 7pmCST from the Target Center, enjoy the game and GO WOLVES!
Cody D. Anderson
A Wolves fan bringing you Gameday Recaps all season long!