Game Preview: Nuggets at Timberwolves

Denver wraps up tough road trip in Minnesota
by Aaron Lopez

Both physically and mentally, it’s been a tough road trip for the Denver Nuggets.

They will try to end it on a positive note heading into the All-Star break.

The Nuggets conclude their four-game trip Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver has won both meetings this season, including a 117-110 victory at Target Center on Nov. 27.

Both teams are dealing with injuries to key players. Nuggets leading scorer Ty Lawson remains out after suffering a fractured rib during the second game of the road trip, while the Timberwolves are without starting center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and shooting guard Kevin Martin (thumb).

Minnesota, though, still has All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game.

After playing Minnesota, the Nuggets will have four days off before returning to practice following the All-Star break.


WHEN: 6 p.m. MT
WHERE: Target Center, Minneapolis.
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (24-26)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C J.J. Hickson
G Quincy Miller
G Randy Foye

F Corey Brewer
F Kevin Love
C Ronny Turiaf
G Chase Budinger
G Ricky Rubio

Ty Lawson (franctured rib), Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (strained knee ligament) are out.
MINNESOTA: Kevin Martin (broken thumb) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are out.

Denver has won three straight against Minnesota and 28 of the past 35 meetings dating to the end of the 2004-05 season . . . During that span, the Nuggets have gone 14-5 at Target Center . . . Prior to the teams splitting 2-2 last season, the Nuggets had won five straight season series against the Wolves; they have now won six in the last eight years . . . On 12/10/08, former Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony tied an NBA record by scoring 33 points in the third quarter against the Timberwolves in Denver . . . In the first meeting between these teams in 2010-11, Kevin Love hung 43 points on the Nuggets to become the first ever Timberwolves player to score 40+ points against Denver during the regular season