Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24) travel to Hollywood for a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers (25-23) tonight in a Western Conference matchup.
In their first matchup on November 7, the Lakers won 114-110. They were led by LeBron James’ 24 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Rose had 31 for Minnesota, but it wasn’t enough to take the road win.
Minnesota avenged that loss in Minneapolis on January 6 with a 108-86 win over the Lakers, with Andrew Wiggins leading the way for the Timberwolves with 28 points, and Lance Stephenson finishing the game with 14 points and six assists for the Lakers.
LeBron James is still not expected to play tonight, but he has not been ruled out of playing this weekend.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
The Timberwolves are currently out of playoff contention with plenty of the season left to play, but they have won their last two games in a home-and-home series with the Phoenix Suns.
They just got by the Suns 116-114 on Sunday, but on Tuesday, Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota to a 118-91 win.
Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists. Josh Okogie, who has taken on a bigger role with Minnesota lately, contributed 21 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points.
Derrick Rose will be looking to bounce back. In the first game against the Suns, he had 31 points, but in significantly fewer minutes, he finished with just six points on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win as they continue to struggle without LeBron James. They have lost their last two games and are 4-6 in their last 10.
The Lakers were the victim of Klay Thompson’s 44-point night in a 111-130 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers’ bench did well in their support roles for some struggling Lakers starters, with Ivica Zubac scoring 18, Michael Beasley’s 15 and JaVale McGee finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Aside for Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, the rest of the starters struggled. The Lakers, who are already without James and Rajon Rondo, also lost Lonzo Ball recently, so the return of James is much-needed at this point to try to get back into the West’s top eight before the all-star break.
Timberwolves vs. Lakers Betting Odds
While the Timberwolves opened as a -1 favorite, the spread is now even. The over/under is 230 points and the moneyline has Los Angeles at -105 and Minnesota at -115.
Los Angeles is 15-10 at home, while the Timberwolves are 7-16 on the road.
Bet on Matchup
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Karl-Anthony Towns ($11.4k) and Kyle Kuzma ($7.1k) are fantasy studs for this matchup. Towns is projected for 55.28 points on FanDuel, and Kuza is projected for 34.73 points/
Fantasy values are Brandon Ingram ($6.6k) and Andrew Wiggins ($6.3k). Ingram has played well lately and is slated for 34.62 points. Wiggins is projected for 32.72 points on FanDuel.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.