7 p.m. vs. L.A. Lakers • Target Center • FSN, 830-AM
Preview: The Kobe Bryant Goodbye Tour stops in Target Center for Bryant’s final regular-season NBA appearance in Minnesota. That is about all that is notable about these Lakers, who have lost three consecutive and 10 of 11. The Wolves — who beat the Lakers in Los Angeles on opening night — have lost four straight overall and three straight at home.
Players to watch: Bryant has played 62 games against the Wolves, averaging 24.2 points and shooting 45.3 percent. He has struggled this season, with a career-low 30.6 shooting percentage while averaging only 16.2 points; his 8-for-16 shooting performance Monday against Toronto marked the first time this season he has shot 50 percent in a game. Lakers coach Byron Scott moved G D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, and F Julius Randle, No. 7 overall pick in 2014, to the bench Monday. PG Jordan Clarkson is second on the Lakers in scoring (15.2). Wolves F Andrew Wiggins failed to score in double figures Monday for only the second time this season. He is 9-for-30 in his past two games. C Karl-Anthony Towns has made 20 of 30 shots and scored 45 points in his past two games.
Numbers: The Wolves are 5-4 vs. the Lakers since ending L.A.’s 22-game series winning streak in November 2013. Minnesota’s current four-game losing streak matches the season’s longest such streak. The Wolves have allowed opponents to shoot a combined 47.5 percent during this losing streak.
Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic (Achilles’ tendon surgery) is out. The Lakers report no injuries.