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Timberwolves Vs. Magic NBA Preview: Kevin Love, Dwight Howard Looking To Lead Their Team To Win

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have fallen back down below .500, following up a three-game winning streak will three-straight losses. They've dropped games to the Knicks, Mavericks and Grizzlies, following a winning streak against the Kings, Rockets and Nets. They've fallen to 13-15 on the season but still sit with a 6-5 record as the visiting team. It's fortunate for them that their opponents haven't been the model of consistency this season, either.

Though the Orlando Magic have a good record on the season, it's more due to long winning streaks at the start of the season. The Magic lost four-straight games to close out January, but won three-straight to begin February. In their last four outings, they've exchanged wins and losses, including a 99-94 win over Milwaukee in their most recent outing. Both of their two recent losses have been in overtime, and both of them have been at home.

Kevin Love and Dwight Howard comprise the big story here (as they often do) as two of the league's top rebounders. Howard has won the defensive player of the year three times and would have won the rebounding title for the fourth-straight year last season if Love hadn't taken it home. Since Love came into the NBA, the Magic have beat the Timberwolves all six times they've played.

It should be interesting to see who gets the win here in regards to the individual player, because it will likely mean that player's team got the win. There's also the matter of Ricky Rubio, who will be looking to fix his mistakes he made in MInnesota's last outing, giving up tow turnovers in the final 30 seconds as the team lost the game following a tiebreaking free throw. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBA TV.

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