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Wizards vs. Timberwolves preview: Washington hosts hungry Minnesota team

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Up and coming teams have a way of finishing seasons strong the year before they make the leap to being a title contender, usually knocking a few current playoff contenders down a peg on their path to relevance.

This month alone, the 23-48 T-Wolves have picked up wins over the playoff-bound Thunder and Grizzlies, and nearly beat the Warriors, the red-hot Hornets, and the Wizards. At times when veteran teams start pacing themselves to prepare for the playoffs of the off-season, Minnesota's young squad is still slamming on the gas.

That all said, the Wizards should still win this game, but they can't treat it like a walk in the park. Minnesota certainly won't, even though they have nothing to play for other than pride and development.

Game Info

When - 7:00 pm EST

Where - Verizon Center in Washington DC

TV - CSN Mid-Atlantic

Radio - 99.1 WNEW

Injury Report

Alan Anderson and Bradley Beal are both questionable for the Wizards.

Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic are out for the T-Wolves.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Gorgui Dieng

Dieng is averaging 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game since the All-Star break. He's done a fine job replacing what the T-Wolves have lost with Garnett and Pekovic on the shelf. If the Wizards don't treat him like a threat, he could burn them tonight.