Tyson Chandler to sit out again

Mavericks center and top defender Tyson Chandler won’t play tonight at Minnesota as Timberwolves forward Kevin Love seeks to tie Moses Malone’s record of 51 consecutive double-doubles.

Chandler will miss his third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. He was hopeful he could return tonight, but the Mavs are playing it cautious during a stretch of five games in seven nights that ends with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

The Mavs are 1-1 without Chandler during this stint and 2-3 without him overall this season.

Chandler is averaging 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Dallas next plays at New Orleans on Wednesday night and return home to face the re-tooled New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night.

Love, the first-time All-Star for the moribund Timberwolves is averaging 20.9 and 15.7 rebounds. A double-double tonight will tie him with Malone, who reached 51 in a row during the 1978-79 season.

Mavs backup center Brendan Haywood is expected to make his third consecutive start in Chandler’s absence.