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Hornets host depleted Timberwolves

The Timberwolves just announced that a bunch of their rotation players are being shut down for the season.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

What: Charlotte Hornets (31-39) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (32-39)

When: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League pass

The Hornets and Timberwolves are pretty much the same team (insert Spiderman meme here). Both have one superstar, though the Wolves have a young one, surrounded largely by a hodgepodge of mediocre and overpaid veterans. But at least the Hornets aren’t paying Andrew Wiggins $30 million per season until 2023.

The Wolves are all but eliminated from postseason contention in the deeper Western Conference, so they’re starting to pack it in. It was reported today that three of their main rotation pieces are done for the season.

Last game, the Wolves started Tyus Jones, Josh Okogie, Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric, and Karl Anthony-Towns. I think it’s safe to assume that’s who they’ll go with again tonight. Anthony Tolliver and Jerryd Bayless are getting minutes as well, because why not?

On the Hornets side, Cody Zeller is still out with a sore knee and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out with a concussion.

Both teams are falling apart down the stretch, both literally and figuratively. The Hornets have an advantage playing at home, and the Timberwolves have the advantage of having a center that the Hornets are completely incapable of stopping. It’s a tossup.