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Timberwolves at Kings: Game #16

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A late start from the West Coast as the Wolves try to get back to .500.

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Wolves at Kings

9:00 pm CST

FS North

The Wolves look to get back to .500 tonight as they begin a two game trip to the West Coast tonight against the Kings in Sacramento.

The Kings sit at 6-10 on the year, and while they have had an effective offense led by DeMarcus Cousins and good three point shooting, their defense has been poor, ranking 24th in the league. What's worse for the Kings is that Cousins, who missed their last game is also listed as questionable to play tonight. Although the Kings have perhaps the best center depth in the league, with Kosta Koufos and rookie WIllie Cauley-Stein available, missing Cousins is a huge blow to them on both sides of the ball. They did, however, beat the Bucks in their last game behind a big night from Rudy Gay.

The Kings are interesting in that they give up the highest 2P% in the league, driven by having the highest opponent FG% at the rim in the league. However, it is not a mere parade to the rim for opponents, as teams do not get a high percentage of their shots at the rim against the Kings. Teams don't get their often, but make them when they do, despite (or because of?) their big front line which often features two centers on the floor together. It's a strange statistical profile that hopefully will become more clear with watching them tonight.

Meanwhile for the Wolves, both Ricky Rubio and Nemanja Bjelica are listed as questionable, and despite apparently feeling better, I would be surprised to see Rubio out there tonight after he once again tweaked his ankle. He really hasn't been fully healthy since the 2nd week of the season.

Tonight seems like a night for Andrew Wiggins to attack the basket and hopefully find his way to the free throw line as well as to some finishes inside. The Kings can be taken advantage of this way, and Wiggins is the best chance for the Wolves to do so.

It's a late start, so it's possible I will fall asleep before I can write a recap, but I'll try.

Expected lineups

Kings

Rajon Rondo

Ben McLemore

Rudy Gay

Willie Cauley-Stein

Kosta Koufos

Wolves

Zach LaVine

Kevin Martin

Andrew Wiggins

Kevin Garnett

Karl-Anthony Towns

Our blogging buddies for the evening are over at Sactown Royalty, please be excellent.

No pics, gifs, links to illegal streams.

Enjoy the game. Chat here. Go Wolves.