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Lakers at Wolves: Heading into the Break

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The Wolves will look to head into the All-Star break on a high note on Flip Saunders night at Target Center.

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Lakers at Wolves
8:00 pm CST
TNT

On what is sure to be an emotional night as the Wolves celebrate the late Flip Saunders at Target Center, they will look to rebound from the end of their 13 game home winning streak Tuesday against the Rockets with a win against the Lakers in the final game before the All-Star break.

The Lakers, who had won eight of ten games prior to shaking up their roster at the trade deadline, have lost the last two, with their defense completely collapsing. They’ve given up 269 points in those two losses to the Mavericks and Pelicans. Interestingly, through the entire season, they’ve been relatively good defensively, at 13th in the league, but it’s been their offense that has let them down.

It’s difficult to say what they will look like through the remainder of the season, given their roster shuffling that added Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, while Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. headed to Cleveland. In addition, rookie Lonzo Ball has been out of the lineup with injury, and will miss tonight’s game though he’s expected to return after the All-Star break.

The Wolves need the upcoming break to clear their heads. It’s been a struggle recently, but they remain in the fourth spot in the Western Conference, and will have the lightest schedule in the league in terms of games remaining after the break. They have beaten the Lakers twice so far this season, on both Christmas and New Year’s day. They are the better team, they are at home, and they absolutely should take care of business.

Expected Lineups

Lakers

Josh Hart
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Brandon Ingram
Julius Randle
Brook Lopez

Wolves

Jeff Teague
Jimmy Butler
Andrew Wiggins
Taj Gibson
Karl-Anthony Towns

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Enjoy the game. Chat here. Go Wolves.

RIP Flip Saunders.