Minnesota Timberwolves

Scouting Report | Wolves vs. Kings

7 p.m., Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue in their current three-game homestand when they host the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Target Center.

The Wolves enter at 30-44 overall and are in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Kings come in at 29-47 on the season and sit in 13th place in the Western Conference.

A few tidbits coming into Saturday’s game:

  • The Wolves are looking for their third straight win.
  • Sacramento is on the second night of a road back-to-back after playing in New Orleans on Friday.
  • The Wolves are currently in their final multi-game homestand of the season. Minnesota plays Sacramento on Saturday, hosts Portland on Monday and takes on Oklahoma City on April 11 to finish off their regular season home schedule this season.

Coming Off Of… 

Minnesota is coming off of a 119-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Target Center.

Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 33 points, along with 10 assists and five rebounds to lead the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and nine rebounds, Andrew Wiggins had 27 points and four rebounds, Gorgui Dieng had 11 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, Brandon Rush had six points and Kris Dunn added two points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals off the bench.

Sacramento is coming off of a 117-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday in New Orleans.

Ben McLemore had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Kings. Skal Labissiere and Buddy Hield each had 13 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Tyreke Evans and Georgios Papagiannis each added 11 points.

Last Matchup 

Sacramento holds a 2-1 season series advantage over Minnesota this season. The last matchup came on Feb. 27 in Sacramento, where the Wolves came away with a 102-88 win.

In that game, Towns has 29 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks and Wiggins had 27 points, four rebounds and four steals to lead the Wolves. Nemanja Bjelica had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Shabazz Muhammad had 10 points and Ricky Rubio had nine points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

For the Kings, Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and six rebounds, Kosta Koufos had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Ben McLemore had 14 points and four rebounds and Tyreke Evans had 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Thursday night’s game is the fourth and final game between the two teams this season.

Key Matchup: Ricky Rubio vs. Darren Collison 

Ricky Rubio has played some of his best basketball in a Wolves uniform this season and Darren Collison will have the challenge of trying to slow him down on Saturday night.

Rubio is coming off of the best month of basketball in his career in March, averaging 17.8 points, 10.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three and 92.9 percent from the free throw line.

Rubio is also having a career season in his sixth NBA year. He is averaging a career-best 10.9 points and career-high nine rebounds, along with four rebounds and 1.8 steals. The Spaniard a career-high 41.4 percent from the field and 88.6 percent from the free throw line.

Injuries

Sacramento: Arron Afflalo (personal) is questionable. Rudy Gay (achilles) and Malachi Richardson (hamstring) are out.

Minnesota: Bjelica (foot), Zach LaVine (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are out. 

Projected Starters

Sacramento: PG – Collison, SG – Hield, SF – Evans, PF – Labissiere, C – Cauley-Stein

Minnesota: PG – Rubio, SG – Rush, SF – Wiggins, PF – Dieng, C – Towns 

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