The Minnesota Timberwolves look to continue building some positive momentum before the NBA All-Star break when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday evening.
After losing four consecutive games, the Wolves have won their last two including an impressive win on the road over Houston on Friday. In the win over the Rockets, Minnesota leaned on leading scorer Kevin Love as usual for 33 points and 17 rebounds but also enjoyed a monster double-double from center Nikola Pekovic with an additional 30 points and 12 rebounds. That's some huge production from a young front-court tandem that continues to develop together.
The Wolves will need to lean on the big fellas against Philly, as well with the Sixers front-court depth missing starting center Spencer Hawes. Philadelphia has lost their last two, so they will have the require sense of urgency needed to log NBA wins and stay among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Much of Philadelphia's success has been due to a strong bench with Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner playing like a starting rotation in relief. With that depth, Philadelphia has six players averaging double figures which does not include Turner who adds 8.7 points per game.
Tip time at the Target Center is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT.
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