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Lakers vs. Timberwolves: 3 Things to Know (12/8/19)

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Here is what you need to know before the Lakers make a stop at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

1) Anthony Davis: still incredible
On a trip that saw him fighting the flu, Anthony Davis was nothing short of brilliant. In Friday’s drubbing of Portland, the Lakers’ newest star went off for 39 points, hitting 12-of-21 from the field and 13-of-15 on free throws.

Davis overwhelmed the smaller Trail Blazers in the post, finishing over the top on several occasions. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t a threat from the perimeter, even uncorking a four-point play when fouled on a corner three.

And perhaps the most impressive part about Davis’ dominance? He needed only three quarters to score 39.

2) Time to bring the magic home
The Lakers are only making a brief appearance in L.A., returning home for one game before hitting the road for the next two weeks.

The Lakers will hope to replicate the success of their away games, having won 11 straight away from STAPLES Center. And their last trip might have been their most impressive of the season, handling Denver and Utah on back-to-back nights before blowing out Portland.

Offense was the story in Oregon, as the Lakers erupted for a season-high 136 points, while also posting their best field goal percentage (54.1). and most 3-pointers (17) of the year. And they let their defense spin in the other two games, holding both Denver and Utah to fewer than 100 points.

3) Towns is a monster
The Lakers’ centers — JaVale McGee and birthday boy Dwight Howard — will have the task of the night, as Karl-Anthony Towns enters the matchup ranked eighth in the NBA in both scoring (26.2) and rebounds (11.9).

No center is averaging more points than Towns, who — despite his size and position — hits the second-most 3-pointers in the entire NBA (3.8). Given that lethality from long-range, Davis could see some time on Towns to give the Lakers a more mobile defender.

The supporting cast includes Andrew Wiggins, who is having himself a resurgent season, placing 13th in the league in scoring (24.9). Jeff Teague will require some extra attention after putting up 32 points in Friday’s loss to Oklahoma City.

Injury Report
Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) and Kyle Kuzma (mild left ankle sprain) are probable. Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) is questionable. Avery Bradley (hairline fracture, right leg) and DeMarcus Cousins (rehabilitation, right knee) are out. Talen Horton-Tucker, Zach Norvell Jr. and Kostas Antetokounmpo are on G League assignment.
Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns (right knee tendinopathy) and Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) are probable. Andrew Wiggins (left thumb sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) are questionable. Jake Layman (left toe sprain) is out. Kelan Martin, Jordan McLaughlin and Jaylen Nowell are on G League assignment.

Tip-Off: 6:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN and 1330 Tu Liga
Unis: White Association
Location: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, California

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