National Basketball Association
Preview
Minnesota at Sacramento
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, February 27, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

A pair of teams coming off double-digit losses of a very different nature meet Monday when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Sacramento Kings. While the Timberwolves scored a season-high 130 points in a 12-point loss at Houston on Saturday, the Kings were held to 85 in falling to Charlotte by 14 points at home.

"We have to win (games like this)," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. "You score 130, and that's plenty of points, and the rebounding [a 58-31 edge for the Timberwolves] was really good. Turnovers got us." Thibodeau's team committed a season-high 25 turnovers and forced just 13 in spoiling an outstanding effort by center Karl-Anthony Towns (37 points, 22 rebounds) and falling to 8-18 on the road. The Kings are 1-1 since trading away All-Star DeMarcus Cousins but have won five of their last seven overall to get within 1 1/2 games of eighth-place Denver in the Western Conference playoff race entering Sunday, two games up on Minnesota. Sacramento won the first two meetings by a total of seven points.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (23-36): Towns was joined in the 30-point club Friday night by forward Andrew Wiggins, who has scored at least that many in four of his last seven games, giving the dynamic pair a combined scoring average to 47.4 points overall. "We've got the best chemistry we've ever had right now, and that's just working with each other and learning with each other," Towns told the media. "There are things I wish I could do that Andrew Wiggins can do. When you're passing and watching him do his work, it's an amazing sight." Towns and Wiggins combined for 35 points while making 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the 109-105 loss to Sacramento at home Dec. 23.

ABOUT THE KINGS (25-34): Sacramento's new-look squad shot 52.3 percent in its first game following the Cousins trade - a 116-100 win over Denver - before being held to 39.2 percent versus Charlotte. "We spent a lot of emotions on the game the other night," Kings coach Dave Joerger told the media. "Tonight was a situation where you got a veteran team, a physical team, and they pushed us around the court." Guard Buddy Hield is averaging 15.5 points while shooting 11-of-20 in two games since coming over from New Orleans in the deadline deal.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Timberwolves lead the all-time series 53-52.

2. Minnesota PF Gorgui Dieng recorded three of his 10 double-doubles in the last five games.

3. Kings PF Skal Labissiere had a career-high 12 points in the win over Denver and a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss to Charlotte.

PREDICTION: Timberwolves 112, Kings 110
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 23-36 L1 15-18 8-18 1-2 22-34 3-7 12-22
Sacramento 25-34 L1 13-16 12-18 0-3 25-31 4-6 15-18
Last Meeting
Minnesota Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/23/16 SAC 109 MIN 105 105 42 45.6 109 34 52.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota Z. LaVine 40 61.9 7
Sacramento D. Cousins 32 54.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 13 5 8
Sacramento D. Cousins 7 2 5
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 8
Sacramento D. Cousins 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota K. Towns 1518 51.9 296
Sacramento D. Collison 748 48.2 119
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 771 222 549
Sacramento K. Koufos 337 102 235
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 488
Sacramento T. Lawson 246
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Minnesota Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Minnesota Off vs Sacramento - Points For 105.1 Points For
Minnesota Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 105.5 Points Against
Minnesota - FG% 46.7 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 46.2 FG%
Minnesota - Reb 42.7 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 42.3 Reb
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Minnesota Minnesota Defense
Sacramento Off vs Minnesota - Points For 102.9 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Minnesota - Points Against 105.9 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 45.6 FG%
Minnesota - FG% 47.1 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 41.2 Reb
Minnesota - Reb 40.4 Reb