Towns, Timberwolves to face James, Lakers on Thursday
Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (25-23, ninth in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Thursday, 10 p.m. Eastern
The Lakers are 17-16 in Western Conference games. Los Angeles is second in the league with 37.3 defensive rebounds per game, led by LeBron James averaging 7.4.
The Timberwolves are 13-17 in conference matchups. Minnesota is 12-10 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Timberwolves took home a victory in the last meeting between these two teams on Jan. 6. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 28 points and Lance Stephenson led Los Angeles with 14 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Kuzma is second on the Lakers averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers and averages 19.3 points while shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. Brandon Ingram has averaged 6.2 rebounds and added 17.2 points per game over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
Towns ranks first on the Timberwolves with 22.5 points and averages 12.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 20.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 6-4, averaging 112.8 points, 46.8 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.6 points on 48.4 percent shooting.
Lakers: 4-6, averaging 109.8 points, 51.2 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting.
Lakers Injuries: Rajon Rondo: out (right finger sprain), Lonzo Ball: out (left ankle), LeBron James: day to day (groin strain).
Timberwolves Injuries: Robert Covington: out (ankle), Tyus Jones: out (ankle), Jeff Teague: out (illness).