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Kings at Timberwolves Game #26

The Kings are in town for the first time this season. It's another terrific test for Karl-Anthony Towns as he faces one of the top centers in the game, DeMarcus Cousins.

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Kings at Wolves
7:00 pm CST
FS North

The Kings come to town tonight riding a three game winning streak and holding a 10-15 record. Rajon Rondo will return from a one game suspension he was given after directing a barrage of homophobic slurs at referee BIll Kennedy last week. The Wolves won the only meeting of the teams so far, the night after Thanksgiving in Sacramento. The Kings, however, were without DeMarcus Cousins that night (while the Wolves were missing Ricky Rubio), and things seemed to have turned around for the Kings recently.

Cousins will be a huge challenge for Karl-Anthony Towns. He's one of the top centers in the league, scores from all over the floor, is bigger and stronger at this point in their careers, and is a very effective passer out of double teams. The Kings also have the 5th best 3P% in the league, though they don't shoot a ton, and that's without Marco Belinelli getting hot yet, which given how things go will probably happen tonight. (I suppose that's a Marco Belinelli MPE call).

The Wolves on the other hand have been going the other direction and will hope to end a four game losing streak tonight. Their last outing was a 107-102 loss in New York to the Knicks in which they fell behind by 20 points at halftime and their furious second half run was not enough. Ricky Rubio had perhaps his best game of the year, coming one point and two steals from a quadruple double, but recording an extremely rare 4x8 anyway.

The Wolves schedule gets much tougher after tonight and Sunday in Brooklyn, and their failure to take advantage of this fairly soft stretch has been a disappointment. Hopefully they can at least salvage a couple of wins before things get rough.

On the injury front, Kevin Martin is questionable for tonight's game.

Expected lineups


Rajon Rondo
Ben McLemore
Omri Casspi
Rudy Gay
DeMarcus Cousins


Ricky Rubio
Andrew Wiggins
Tayshaun Prince
Kevin Garnett
Karl-Anthony Towns

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