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The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are battling for position in The Play-In Tournament. The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference with a 38-38 overall record and an 18-21 road record. The Timberwolves are seventh in the West with a 39-38 overall record and a 21-17 home record.
No matter what happens in this match, the Timberwolves will hold the regular season tiebreaker over the Lakers. Hosted at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Timberwolves will have home court advantage. The last time these two teams met, Minnesota defeated Los Angeles 102-110.
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|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)|
|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)|
|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.|
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.
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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.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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