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Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Los Angeles Lakers Head-to-Head Minnesota Timberwolves
Darvin Ham Head Coach Chris Finch
38-38 (8th in West) Standing 39-38 (7th in West)
W-L-W-W Form L-W-W-W
113.9 (22nd of 30) Off Rtg 113.6 (23rd of 30)
114.0 (11th of 30) Def Rtg 113.9 (10th of 30)
101.3 (11th of 30) Pace 101.0 (6th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

L. James (29.2) PPG A. Edwards (25.0)
A. Davis (12.4) RPG R. Gobert (11.7)
R. Westbrook (7.5) APG K. Towns (6.2)
J. Vanderbilt (1.3) SPG A. Edwards (1.6)
A. Davis (2.0) BPG R. Gobert (1.4)
W. Gabriel (.597)/L. James (11.2) FG%/FGM R. Gobert (.661)/A. Edwards (8.9)
D. Russell (.400)/D. Russell (2.7) 3P%/3PM K. Anderson (.417)/A. Edwards (2.7)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Mo Bamba Los Angeles Lakers 09 March 2023 Out (Ankle) Bamba suffered a high ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Jaylen Nowell Minnesota Timberwolves 28 Mar 2023 Out (Knee) Nowell was OUT for Minnesota’s Wednesday (Mar 29) game.
Matt Ryan Minnesota Timberwolves 29 Mar 2023 Out (Illness) Ryan was OUT for Minnesota’s Wednesday (Mar 29) game.
Austin Rivers Minnesota Timberwolves  29 Mar 2023  Out (Illness) Rivers was OUT for Minnesota’s Wednesday (Mar 29) game.
Taurean Prince Minnesota Timberwolves  29 Mar 2023  Out (Illness)  Prince was OUT for Minnesota’s Wednesday (Mar 29) game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will try to steal a victory from the Minnesota Timberwolves after losing two games in their three-game season series. The Los Angeles Lakers are 38-38 after going 6-4 over their last ten games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are just a half-game ahead of them at 39-38 after going 5-5 over their previous ten.

The Lakers love establishing themselves in the paint against their opponents, averaging 116.4 points (10th in the NBA) while hitting 31.9 two-point field goals per game (3rd in the NBA). In two games against the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ offense has only been able to generate 102.0 points per game on 41.5% from the field and 31.7% from three-point range while committing 18.5 turnovers per game.

The Timberwolves are an aggressive team on both ends of the court, averaging 115.7 points per game (12th in the NBA) on 49.1% from the field (4th in the NBA) while also forcing 15.6 turnovers per game (5th in the NBA) and holding teams to just 53.2% inside the arc.

We’re taking the Los Angeles Lakers to cover the spread. They’re on a roll as of late, winning four of their last five games on a plus-4.6 points differential. While the Timberwolves have had their number, a late push for the sixth seed, backed by a renewed Anthony Davis and LeBron James, should be enough to take down the Timberwolves.

Key Players & Stats

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Los Angeles Lakers star man LeBron James returned to the lineup after a 13-game absence and didn’t miss a beat. In his last game, a win against the Bulls, James posted 25 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on 52.6% from the field and 33.3% from three. He’ll look to build on his only game against the Timberwolves this season, where he posted 28 points on 41.7% shooting in a loss.

Star guard Anthony Edwards is coming off his best game since returning from injury. He posted 31 points and six assists on 59.1% shooting against a tough Phoenix Suns team. Averaging 24.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 helps in two games against the Lakers this season, Edwards projects to have another big outing.