Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Preview, Analysis and Predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers have a new attitude that has helped the team win three of four, but the Minnesota Timberwolves are on a mission. The team has lost five games in a row in what is slowly turning into a lost season due to endless injuries, and a victory over the Lakers could bring about a jolt of momentum that sets a tone for change.

It also happens to be the first time the two teams face each other this season, and the rowdy Minnesota fans will be at full volume. This season may not be going according to plan, but that has not stopped 'Wolves fans from cheering on their banged up squad.

Speaking of banged up teams, the Lakers could be short-handed for this game. Dwight Howard's shoulder is acting up once again, and he is a question mark in terms of suiting up at the Target Center.

Whether or not he plays, the Lakers need to stay focused and stay the course with their new approach. It has turned them into a better team and a stronger unit, and defeating Minnesota will only help keep them on the right path.


Time: Friday, February 1st, 9:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN, Time Warner Cable Sportsnet, my29

Records: Los Angeles Lakers (20-26) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (17-25)

Betting Line: Not available as of Thursday, January 31, 11:33 a.m. EST

Injuries: Jordan Hill (hip, out), Pau Gasol (foot, day-to-day), Dwight Howard (shoulder, day-to-day), Brandon Roy (knee, out), Chase Budinger (knee, out), Malcolm Lee (knee, out), Kevin Love (hand, out)


Key Storyline: Can Creaky 'Wolves Best Lakers?

The Minnesota Timberwolves might as well be held together by tape. Star player Kevin Love missed the first month of the season with a broken hand, only to be ineffective in his return before reinjuring it. As a result, plus other key injuries, the team has been subpar for most of the season.

Granted, the Timberwolves have been...

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