20. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 3 - 5
Last Week's Rank: 29
Last Week's Results: W vs. Dallas, 99-82 (Sun); W vs. San Antonio, 106-96 (Mon); L vs. Memphis, 90-86 (Wed); L vs. Cleveland, 98-87 (Fri); W vs. Washington, 93-72 (Sun)
This Week: @ Toronto, Monday (1/9); vs. Chicago, Wednesday (1/10); @ New Orleans, Friday (1/13), @ Atlanta, Saturday (1/14)

As long as the Timberwolves keep playing teams from Texas (and the Wizards), they should be fine. Back-to-back wins against San Antonio and Dallas were major, although following those up with a double-digit stumble against the Cavaliers (two days after a forgivable loss to Memphis) doesn't help build confidence. Meanwhile, Kevin Love is averaging 25 and 15 all while shooting 40 percent from three. —Russ Bengtson

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