After three days rest, the (48-20) Los Angeles Lakers are back in action tonight and hosting the (17-52) Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers have won all three of their match ups against the T-Wolves this season and 13 straight games overall.
The Pacific Division title is in sight for the Lakers. They could lock up their fourth straight division title with a win tonight and a Suns loss on Friday. However, they could care less. They do have that accomplishment as one of their goals, but a championship has been and will continue to be the singular focus.
The Lakers are 10-1 since the All-Star break and playing at an extremely high level. The defensive focus and offensive discipline have been huge. They need to continue to play at a high level for the last 14 games of the regular season as well as the post season. They have not played since Monday, the first of a seven-game home stand.
The T-Wolves do not pose a threat tonight. They have lost their last two games by an average of 19 points allowing 60+ points in the paint on one occasion.
The Lakers front line needs to come out aggressive and dominate both ends of the court. They will establish both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the post and allow them to go to work. Bynum is dominating defensively and rebounding at a high-level and look for that trend to continue.
T-Wolves forward Kevin Love’s impressive 53-game streak of double-doubles ended at the beginning of their three-game road trip. The way Bynum is playing, Love will have difficulty starting a new one.
The Lakers need to start their offense on the inside and attack the T-Wolves in the painted area. The front line should end this game posting 50+ points, 30+ rebounds, 15+ assists and over 5 blocks.
This writer wants to see the Lakers dominate and their bench play productive minutes closing the show.
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
T-wolves: L. Ridenour, W. Johnson, M. Beasley, K. Love, D. Milicic
Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST
- Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Minnesota: KSTC-45 (Tom Hanneman & Jim Petersen)
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Minnesota: 1130 AM KFAN (Allan Horton & John Focke)
- Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
- Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
- Kobe Bryant (Sprained Left Ankle) Game-Time Decision