A five-game losing skid in the middle of November sent the Minnesota Timberwolves spiraling to under .500 on the season, but they can finally climb out of that hole with a win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wolves will enter the game on the second night of a back-to-back, though it will only be their third game in the last six nights.
The good news for the Wolves is that the Celtics are off to a rough start this season. The team overhauled its roster, adding both youth and firepower to its bench while retaining its core minus Ray Allen. But in a year in which they were once again expected to challenge for Eastern Conference supremacy, the Celtics have stumbled to a 9-8 start. The bad news for Minnesota, though, is that Boston will regain Rajon Rondo, who had missed the last two games after being suspended.
That will test a Wolves backcourt that is itself getting stronger and healthier, but the marquee matchup of the night will be Minnesota's frontline of Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love battling with Kevin Garnett and Boston's bigs. The game tips at 6:30 p.m. central on FSN North.