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Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  November 16, 2013 05:20 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Coming off Friday's 109-96 loss to Portland at TD Garden, the Celtics are on the tail-end of a back-to-back against the Timberwolves and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Boston is also looking to extend its road-winning streak to three games.

The Timberwolves are coming off a 117-113 loss Friday at Denver.

The Celtics' bench will be a short-handed, as Courtney Lee (sore right wrist) and Keith Bogans (illness) will both miss the game. Lee suffered the wrist injury during the Celtics' loss to Portland.

Also, the Celtics will start 6-foot-11, 260-pound Vitor Faverani instead of Kelly Olynyk in the hopes that Faverani will match up better with 6-11, 285-pound Nikola Pekovic.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (4-6)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Vitor Faverani

Inactives: Rajon Rondo

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (6-4)
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic

Inactives: Chase Budinger, Ronny Turiaf

Officials: Kane Fitzgerald, Danny Crawford, JT Orr

TV, radio: 8 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (98.5).

Pregame notes:

• These teams met in the preseason in Montreal, a game that the Timberwolves won, 110-100. The Celtics had six double-figure scorers, led by Bradley's 19 points. Pekovic scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves.

• The Timberwolves rank No. 2 in the NBA in scoring (108.7 points per game) and No. 4 in assists (25.2 points per game).

• The Celtics will head to Houston, where they'll play the Rockets on Tuesday, starting the first of a back-to-back that will end Wednesday against the Spurs in San Antonio.

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