Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Pekovic Takes On Defensive Juggernaut Larry Sanders

By Ryan Heckman
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Pekovic has been on somewhat of a tear lately. That is, if he has been able to stay healthy. Tonight, he and the Minnesota Timberwolves face off against Larry Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center in what should be an underrated matchup in the post.

Over his last ten games, Pekovic has averaged over 17 points and nine rebounds per game. Coming from a guy who cannot stay healthy and surely is not 100 percent yet, his recent stretch is pretty amazing.

Ricky Rubio has also been an exciting player to watch over his past few games. Rubio has averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 assists, and over two steals a game over a ten game run. The most impressive part of his last ten games has been that he has shot the ball over 40%, something he has struggled to do throughout a full season.

Meanwhile for the Bucks, their star guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings have been the talk of some rumors that could come to fruition after this season’s end. Many believe that they will only keep one of the guards on the roster and look to possibly sign and trade the other, if not just let them go to free agency and save some money.

Milwaukee’s pleasant surprise this year has been the great play from big man Larry Sanders. Averaging nearly 10 rebounds and three blocks, he has been dominant inside defensively.

Pekovic will definitely have his hands full with Sanders, but being the bigger body, he may have an advantage. At nearly 300 pounds, Pekovic is one of the bigger centers in the league today.

For Minnesota, beating a current playoff team would count as a great win for them entering the last few games of the year. We will see if Pekovic and Rubio can spark an efficient game out of the Wolves leading to a victory.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google



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