Timberwolves at Celtics preview: Top-ranked Boston presents big test


at Boston Celtics, TD Garden, 6 p.m. Wednesday

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Pregame reading: The Wolves were stuck in Orlando and will travel to Boston today.

Chris Hine's preview:

Opening bell: The Celtics (28-8) have the NBA's best record despite a 133-131 loss at Indiana on Monday. They'll have the advantage of being rested, while the Wolves (26-10) won at Orlando on Tuesday night, then couldn't fly until today because of weather. Boston's leading scorer Jayson Tatum (27.5) sat out Monday because of an injured ankle.

Lineup update: The Wolves announced G Mike Conley will sit out the game for rest purposes and C Rudy Gobert (left hip soreness) is questionable.

Watch him: Jaylen Brown had 40 points for the Celtics on Monday, and is one of the league's better shooting guards. The 27-year-old All-Star is averaging 23.2 points and shoots 49.2 percent from the floor.

Forecast: Playing the NBA's best team would be a welcome challenge for the Wolves in their breakout season, but in the second of a back-to-back isn't ideal. Beating the Celtics in this scenario would be quite an upset.

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