The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a funk, hoping to break a six-game losing streak as they visit Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking to grab their second straight win as they come off a recent victory against the Indiana Pacers. The matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up with each other this season.
They have battled each other a total of 119 times in the past as the Lakers won 85 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 34 games. The last time that they played each other was on Christmas Day when the Timberwolves handed the Lakers a 121-104 loss. During that game, both Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson scored 23 points each while Butler recorded 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. Gibson finished with 9 rebounds and one steal. Kyle Kuzma had 31 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lonzo Ball (shoulder; 10.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 34.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal; 13.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Brook Lopez (ankle; 12.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Justin Patton (toe)
Jeff Teague (knee; 13.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.3 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
The Timberwolves would start the game off right as they shot forty-seven percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to thirty-eight percent. Jimmy Butler had 13 points to put with his two rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Andrew Wiggins would score 11 points while shooting only thirty-eight percent. He also had five rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points and six rebounds. Gorgui Dieng played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 13 points.
On the other end of the court, both Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson would score ten points each while Julius Randle got his hands on eight rebounds. Tyler Ennis committed two steals while knocking down a three-pointer late in the second quarter. Corey Brewer ended up playing the most minutes off of the Los Angeles bench as he recorded nine points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 60-48 advantage.
The Minnesota team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run, shooting fifty percent from the field. The Lakers would, however, shoot fifty-three percent from the field as a team as Clarkson put up ten more points. He played the most minutes off of the bench while Julius Randle continued to contribute with eight points and four defensive rebounds.
Butler scored 15 points for the Timberwolves as he shot a huge seventy-one percent from the field. He also dished off six assists while Wiggins had ten points, four defensive rebounds, and two assists. Taj Gibson helped out with ten points, as well, while Towns had seven rebounds and nine points. Jamal Crawford would play nine minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the Minnesota Timberwolves easily pull a 114-96 victory over the Lakers, handing them their seventh straight loss. Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and one block. Jordan Clarkson would settle for 20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host Russell Westbrook (24.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-17) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. This game will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season. The Lakers and the Thunder have battled each other a total of 283 times as the Thunder won 117 games while the Lakers pulled 166 wins.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will visit New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (15.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-23) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first time they play each other this season as they will battle each other a total of two times. They have met up a total of 53 times in the past as the Nets won 23 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 30 games.