(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the league's worst teams will square off Friday night when the Orlando Magic stop by the Target Center to face the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves own the second-worst mark in the association at 16-59. The Magic are the fifth-worst team in the league and both are mired in losing streaks. Minnesota has dropped five straight and Orlando is in the midst of a four-game funk.
The T-wolves have lost five straight as the host, including a 113-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Andrew Wiggins ended with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves. Zach LaVine recorded 22 points and seven rebounds, while Chase Budinger chipped in 19 off the bench. Justin Hamilton scored 13.
The Raptors led 60-46 at the half, then led by as many as 31 in the second half.
The T-wolves were without Kevin Garnett (knee), Ricky Rubio (left ankle), Nikola Pekovic (right ankle), Gary Neal (left ankle), Kevin Martin (left hamstring) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion).
"We're just undermanned," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I feel bad for our players because we can't give them reinforcements to give them a little bit of rest. Those guys are just physically and mentally exhausted."
The team announced Pekovic will undergo surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
The Timberwolves head west, starting Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings. They'll visit the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors on the trek.
After a 3-11 month of March, the Magic lost their fourth straight at home and fifth in a row overall with a 103-91 setback to the world champion San Antonio Spurs.
The Magic, who have lost 12 consecutive road games, were led by Victor Oladipo and his 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic recorded 18 and 16 points, respectively, with the latter pulling down 11 boards.
Elfrid Payton had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Magic.
"That's why they're the defending world champs," Oladipo said. "They play well together, their second unit plays well and they're well-coached. It's tough to beat a team like that, but we can learn a lot from them and that's where we're trying to get. We've got to continue to keep getting better."
The Spurs led 52-40 at the half and led by as many as 25 in the second half, cruising to their fifth straight victory.
The Magic won two straight against the T-wolves, but Minnesota has won two in a row as the host in this series.