By: Jonah Sprinkel
The Wolves will wrap up their 2017 on the road against the Indiana Pacers after dropping a tough one to Milwaukee last Thursday. That loss was the first in six games for the Wolves who had won five straight against the Blazers, Nuggets, Suns, Nuggets and Lakers. This Wolves now sit at 22 and 14 on the year.
The Pacers have lost three straight to Chicago, Dallas and Brooklyn with budding star, Victor Oladipo, sidelined with a sore right knee. Though the Pacers looked to be rebuilding after trading away Paul George, Oladipo has led the team to a 19 and 17 record, good for the East's 7th playoff seed.
What: Wolves @ Pacers
When: 4:00 PM CT
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Where to watch: Fox Sports North
Where to listen: 830 WCCO
What to watch for
Victor Oladipo: Oladipo's status for today's game is unknown but if he plays he should cause problems for the Wolves. Through 33 games Oladip is averaging, 24.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals with a 55.9 effective field goal percentage. This output helps to fuel the 8th most effecient offense in the league.
Karl-Anthony Towns: The Wolves loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and Embiid's infamous Instagram post seems to have lit a fire under the Wolves starting center. In the last eight games Towns is averaging 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks while shooting 55.5 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent on 4.8 three point attempts per game.
Injuries: Jeff Teague will be sidelined for two to four weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee. Andrew Wiggins may not be available for today's game after spraining his ankle against Milwakuee. With a limited and not-so-flexible bench the Wolves offensive production might take a dip as long as starters remain sidelined.
Minnesota: PG Tyus Jones, SG Jimmy Butler, SF Andrew Wiggins (hopefully), PF Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Indiana: PG Darren Collison, SG Lance Stephenson, SF Bojan Bogdanovic, PF Thaddeus Young, C Myles Turner
The Wolves will return to their winning ways, 107-103, before returning to Minneapolis to start the new year.