Preview: This is a game between teams outside the Western Conference playoff picture. The Lakers' three-game winning streak ended in Phoenix on Wednesday. They have won 19 consecutive games against the Wolves.
Players to watch: Wolves F Andrei Kirilenko is shooting only 10-for-25 the past three games. C Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury Wednesday. Lakers G Kobe Bryant is averaging 12 assists over the past four games. F/C Pau Gasol has shot 41-for-74 in his past eight games. C Dwight Howard has scored in double figures only twice in his past seven.
Numbers: The Lakers were outscored 27-8 over the final 10 minutes of their game at Phoenix on Wednesday. At Target Center, meanwhile, the Wolves were outscored 9-2 in the final three minutes against the Clippers. ... The Wolves went 3-12 in January, the Lakers 5-11.
Injuries: Wolves F Kevin Love (hand surgery), G Malcolm Lee (hip and knee surgery), F Chase Budinger (knee surgery) and G Brandon Roy (right knee) are out. Lakers F/C Jordan Hill (hip surgery) is out; G Steve Blake (abdomen) is probable; Howard (right shoulder) is questionable.
|Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris||8||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure||7|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: T. Koehler||11|
|Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||7|
|Seattle - LP: B. Beavan||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr.||5|
|St. Louis - WP: S. Miller||6||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada||1|
|Boston - LP: B. Badenhop||1||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb||2|
|Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura||4||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: L. Harrell||2|
|Toronto - WP: A. Loup||9||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||3|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia||9||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo||0|
|Oakland - WP: J. Johnson||10||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera||9|
|Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio||3||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: R. Erlin||2|
|Los Angeles - LP: B. League||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit||3|