9:30 p.m. at L.A. Lakers • Staples Center • FSN, 830-AM
Wolves or Lakers will end their losing streak
Preview: This is a matchup of two teams fighting slumps. The Timberwolves have lost four in a row, including a 100-93 loss to San Antonio at Target Center on Tuesday in which the Spurs scored the final eight points. The Lakers are in free-fall, having lost six games in a row and 14 out of 15. Los Angeles has lost nine consecutive home games. The Wolves have not had a five-game losing streak this season, although they have lost four in a row five times. This is the second of four games between the teams this season; the Wolves won 125-99 at Target Center on Nov. 13. Since breaking a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers, the Wolves are 7-5 in their past 12 games vs. the Lakers.
Players to watch: Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a 25-point, 14-rebound performance vs. the Spurs. He has scored 30 or more points in four of his past six games. After shooting 51.4 percent in 12 February games, Wolves G/F Andrew Wiggins is shooting only 36.9 percent in March. Lakers G D’Angelo Russell became the youngest player in Lakers history to score 40 points in a game with 40 vs. Cleveland last week. He is averaging 15.4 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Injuries: Wolves G Zach LaVine (knee surgery) and F Nemanja Bjelica (foot surgery) are out. Lakers G Tyler Ennis (left shoulder) and F Larry Nance Jr. (wrist) are probable. C Timofey Mozgov (ankle) is questionable.