Timberwolves at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Saturday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)
Records: Timberwolves 2-6, Mavericks 6-3
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About the Timberwolves: Minnesota will be without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sprained his left ankle in the first half of a 112-103 overtime loss in Orlando on Nov. 7. The Timberwolves have a slew of young players, including forward Andrew Wiggins, who was the No. 1 overall pick in this past June’s NBA Draft. Wiggins is averaging 10 points per game. Shooting guard Kevin Martin (18.3 points per game) leads Minnesota in scoring and center Nikola Pekovic averages 14.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves are 7-4 in their past 11 games against the Mavs, including 3-1 last season.
About the Mavs: Dallas comes in after Thursday’s record-setting 123-70 win over Philadelphia. The Mavs scored more points in the first half (73) than the Sixers scored in the entire game (70). It was the largest margin of victory in franchise history. The Mavs are 2-1 going into the finale of a four-game homestand. With 26 points tonight, Dirk Nowitzki would join Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the only players to score at least 27,000 points with one franchise. The Mavs are 5-0 this season when Nowitzki scored 20 or more points in a game.