Minnesota Timberwolves (20-31) vs. OKC Thunder (39-15) Preview

Jan 9, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic(14) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to end their three-game losing streak tonight as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

The Thunder lost two in a row for just the second time this season entering the All-Star Break and then lost on the road to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Thunder have split the season series with the Timberwolves so far this year winning at home and losing on the road.

Kevin Love played in the first meeting in Minnesota back on Dec. 20. He had 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Timberwolves won 99-93.

The Thunder shot just 40.2 percent from the field in that game. Kevin Durant scored 33 and Russell Westbrook had 30 in the loss. Kevin Martin did not play.

The Thunder blew out the Timberwolves 106-84 the next time they played on Jan. 9 in OKC. Durant had 26 and Westbrook 23 in the win. Martin had 19 off the bench.

That game was one of Ricky Rubio’s first of the year and he didn’t score but did have seven assists.

The Timberwolves have only won three of their last seven games and things aren’t exactly looking up for them the rest of this season.

Love isn’t coming back for a long time and winning on the road – especially in OKC – seems pretty impossible at this point.

The Thunder are hungry for a win since they haven’t had one in what seems like forever. Their last two losses have been embarrassing in a sense as well.

The Thunder made a few trades at the deadline yesterday sending Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers and acquiring Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks.

We might get a chance to see Brewer play for the first time tonight. Expect him to take some of Thabo Sefolosha’s minutes at the end of the first quarter and start of the second.

Tonight should be a blowout. The Thunder need one and nothing says Minnesota is going to put up much of a fight.

Topics: Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder

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