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Minnesota at Denver Preview
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (17-17) AT DENVER NUGGETS (15-20), 10:30 P.M. --------------------------------------------------------------------
(Sports Network) - The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves attempt to halt a three-game losing streak, as they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Pepsi Center.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the teams. On November 4th, the Nuggets defeated the Minnesota, 94-92, in overtime. Denver and the Timberwolves are also scheduled to play on February 9th and April 8th with both games to be played at the Target Center.
Overall, Denver has won two straight after losing the last eight meetings in this series. Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last three in Denver.
The Timberwolves continued to falter on Wednesday night, as they lost an 87-80 decision to the Orlando Magic at the Target Center. Kevin Garnett had 19 points, matched a career-high with 25 rebounds and dished out eight assists in the loss for Minnesota.
Wally Szczerbiak had 14 points in the loss to the Magic for the slumping Timberwolves, who have dropped three straight and 10 of 13 to fall to 17-17 on the season. It is the first time since 1999 when the club was 25-25 through 50 games that Minnesota is at .500 this late into the season.
Minnesota, which is 7-13 when it scores under 100 points this season, is 8-10 as the visitor this season. The Timberwolves have lost seven straight contests on the road. Minnesota's last win away from the Target Center was on December 8th against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Nuggets got back on the winning track on Wednesday. All-Star Kenyon Martin had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 17 to lead Denver to a 95-83 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center. Andre Miller added 15 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who ended a five-game losing streak.
Nene tallied 10 points off the bench in Wednesday's victory for Denver, which won for only the second time in 13 contests. Marcus Camby had eight points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are 1-2 versus the Lakers this season. Denver's bench outscored the Lakers' reserves, 33-19.
Martin has scored in double-digits in 15 straight games. In 33 games played, Martin is averaging 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in his first season with the Nuggets.
Denver is 11-8 as the host this season.