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The Wolves--ONCE AGAIN--look to get above .500 against the Thunder at Target Center. It's the Big Battle of the Kevins.

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Thunder at Wolves
7:00 pm Central
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The Wolves face a Thunder team coming off two straight close home losses, to the Blazers and Nets, and will look to hand them their third in a row at Target Center tonight.

The Wolves and Thunder have split their first two meetings of the season, with each winning on their home floor. The Wolves win, in the second game of the season, came with the Thunder missing Russel Westbrook, who is again out with injury and not available.

Meanwhile, the Wolves are coming off an impressive performance against the New Orleans Hornets, and have another chance to get above .500, something that has eluded them since late November. Since then, they have been see-sawing between .500 and two games below, but are 3-1 in their last four contests during an important stretch of the season where they need to make up ground against the teams ahead of them in the playoff chase.

This will be a tough one, as the Thunder will be eager to get back to winning, and remain one of the top teams in the league, but the Wolves have little margin for error and must get some wins under their belt.

In the Wolves early season win over the Thunder, they were able to control Kevin Durant (4-11 from the field, 13 points) and hold them to one of their worst shooting nights of the year (35% overall). It's unlikely that will happen again, but they will have to find a way to limit the Thunder's explosive offense, a task made easier by Westbrook's absence.

Expected Lineups

Thunder

Reggie Jackson
Thabo Sefolosha
Kevin Durant
Serge Ibaka
Kendrick Perkins

Wolves

Ricky Rubio
Kevin Martin
Corey Brewer
Kevin Love
Nikola Pekovic

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None of those things.

Enjoy the game.

Let's go Wolves.