The Timberwolves fell short against the Heat in a 113-110 loss in Miami. The Timberwolves never led in the second halftime even though the Heat were without both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Minnesota got within one possession three different times in the fourth quarter, but D'Angelo Russell turned the ball over before the Wolves could get off a game-tying shot at the buzzer. Anthony Edwards poured in 29 points in the losing effort. The Timberwolves are on a three-game losing streak, and they're tied for tenth-place in the Western Conference at 16-and-18. Minnesota visits New Orleans tomorrow night.
The Wild will try to get back in the win column when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Life Centre tonight. The Wild lost to San Jose 5-2 last Thursday to snap a six-game winning streak. Minnesota is tied for third-place in the Central Division with 40 points and a 19-12-and-2 record.
The Vikings still have an outside shot of earning the NFC's number-one seed as they head into Week 17 of the regular season. Minnesota beat the New York Giants 27-24 on Saturday, and the Eagles lost to the Cowboys 40-34. The 12-and-3 Vikings are essentially two games behind the 13-and-2 Eagles since Philadelphia beat Minnesota earlier this season. The Purple will need to win their final two games and the Eagles have to lose each of their two contests in order for Minnesota to get the number-one seed for the first time since 1998. Minnesota visits Green Bay on New Year's Day.
The Packers are preparing for a divisional showdown this weekend. The Vikings and Pack will clash at Lambeau Sunday afternoon. Green Bay is 7-and-8 along with the Lions and Seahawks. All three teams are gunning for the last Wild Card spot in the NFC which is currently held by the 7-7-and-1 Commanders.
The Badgers are in action tonight as the college football bowl season continues. Wisconsin will square off against Oklahoma State in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix tonight. The Badgers finished the season 6-and-6 while Oklahoma State comes in at 7-and-5. Newly appointed head coach Luke Fickell will be on the sideline for the game, but interim head coach Jim Leonhard will still be in charge for Wisconsin's season finale.