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The Wolves are in New Orleans for their final road game prior to the All-Star break. They once again will look to get back to ,500 in their 50th game of the season.

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Timberwolves at Pelicans
8:30 pm Central
ESPN

A national TV appearance for the Wolves tonight, in New Orleans against the Pelicans.  Good news is that Kevin Love is going to play, or at least try to:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Love says he&#39;s still sore from neck through his hip, &quot;But I&#39;m going to give it a go tonight,&quot; he said. More on blog shortly</p>&mdash; Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) <a href="https://twitter.com/JerryZgoda/statuses/431850074184749056">February 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Corey Brewer was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans this afternoon, so presumably he too will be available.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans, after a very difficult stretch, have won five of their last seven games, with one of those losses coming in Minnesota without Anthony Davis a little more then a week ago.  They seem to adjusted to life without Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, who have been out with injuries for a while, and are finding their footing.

Beyond those two injured players, Jason Smith is also out, and Tyreke Evans is questionable for tonight.  He did not play Wednesday with an injured rib cage.

Anthony Davis, recently named to the All-Star team in place of the injured Kobe Bryant, is rolling along on his way to becoming what looks like a perennial All-NBA performer.  He's leading the league in blocked shots and block percentage while also scoring efficiently.

Despite his defensive presence, however, the Pelicans struggle on that end of the floor, with the 27th rated defense in the league. One of their big problems is that they foul a lot, something the Wolves will look to exploit.  They also struggle on the defensive boards, though are strong on the offensive glass. The Wolves really need to keep from allowing 2nd chances, something that doomed them in Oklahoma City. And Derek Fisher.

Expected lineups

Pelicans

Brian Roberts
Eric Gordon
Al-Farouq Aminu
Anthony Davis
Alexis Ajinca

Wolves

Ricky Rubio
Kevin Martin
Corey Brewer
Kevin Love
Ronny Turiaf