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Minnesota Timberwolves

What to watch on NBA League Pass for the week of Dec. 17-Dec. 23

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The Wolves' four-game slate highlights a week of action on NBA League Pass (NBA Getty Images)

From Dec. 17-Dec. 23, 19 games are set to air on national TV, but there are a number of other can't-miss games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From this week's team to watch to the biggest matchups throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Minnesota Timberwolves

Monday, Dec. 17 vs. Sacramento, 8 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 19 vs. Detroit, 8 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 21 @ San Antonio, 8 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 23 @ Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Minnesota enters the week with a record of 13-16 after a winless a four-game Western Conference road trip.

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The good news for Minnesota is that it opens the week at the Target Center where the team boasts an impressive 11-4 record so far this season. Despite being three games under .500, the Wolves find themselves just three games out of the West's eighth seed.

It's been over a month since the Wolves dealt Jimmy Butler to the Sixers and the team is 8-7 in the 15 games it has played since parting ways with the All-Star. Since the trade, All-Star centre Karl Anthony-Towns is averaging 23.0 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from deep. The former No. 1 overall pick has also recorded 11 double-doubles in that span.

Derrick Rose has emerged as a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate, averaging 18.7 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds through 27 games (six starts) while the Wolves other former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.

In exchange for Butler, Minnesota landed forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, who are both working to adjust to their new team. Through 15 games, Saric is averaging 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in a reserve role while Covington is averaging 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals through his first 14 contests with Minnesota.

Covington fits in defensively, as the Wolves average 9.1 steals per game, the third-highest total in the league. In addition to forcing takeaways, the team averages the fifth-fewest turnovers in the league at just 13.6 per game.

The Wolves looks to continue their dominance at home when it opens the week hosting the Sacramento Kings on Monday and the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. After playing Detroit,, Minnesota hits the road to take on San Antonio Friday and closes the week in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Best Games of the Week

Monday, Dec. 17: Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22: Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22: Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23: Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics, 6 p.m.

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