Patterns and Things: Nuggets at Timberwolves Preview

Ricky Rubio will suit up, but in more of a Barney Stinson kind of way, as opposed to an, “I’M BACK!!” sort of way.

Where: Target Center

When: 7pm CST

See It: FSN

Hear It: WCCO AM 830

Remember the last Nuggets preview I did when I pointed out they were a streaky team, because they lost three in a row, then won four in a row, and then lost three? They came into Target Center having won two straight that night and I mentioned that if you believe in trends and patterns the Wolves would be a part of another winning streak, and sure enough Denver came out the winners. What’s more is that they would win two more after that to make another four game winning streak. Crazy, huh?

Well, tonight they come in having lost every other game since last Monday, and they won their last game, so you know what that means: yes, a sure-fire victory! After all, the pattern didn’t let us down before…

We thought we might have Ricky Rubio return against this Nuggets team, as Kevin Love did last time, but he’s been ruled out for tonight’s game. Or so we think; we didn’t think Love would play that night either.

Not much has changed with these Nuggets; they still rebound and score among the league’s best. But they their Defensive Rating matches their Offensive Rating (Not a good thing), and they still can’t shoot things like three pointers and free throws. Oh, and Ty Lawson! Andre Iguodala! Basketball!

The Wolves are still adjusting to life with Love again, and will have their full roster minus Brandon Roy, Rubio, and Derrick Williams should he earn another DNP-CD. (That was unnecessary…)

I could throw a bunch of Timberwolves stats at you, but it won’t matter since the Nuggets have gone W-L-W-L-W in their last five games, and therefore ensuring a Timberwolves win tonight. The pattern wouldn’t lie to us, would it?

Projected Starting Fives: 

Ty Lawson — PG — Ricky- woops, Luke Ridnour

Andre Iguodala — SG — Malcolm Lee

Danilo Gallinari — SF — Andrei Kirilenko

Kenneth Faried — PF — Kevin Love

Kosta Koufos — C — Nikola Pekovic

About Derek James

In addition to writing for Howlin' T-Wolf, Derek James writes about basketball Hardwood Paroxysm in the ESPN TrueHoop Network and covers the Charlotte Bobcats for SB Nation’s Rufus on Fire. Andray Blatche and Isaiah Rider follow him on Twitter.

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