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Scouting Report | Wolves at Lakers

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

Digital Content Manager

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The Game

This road trip isn’t getting easier for the Wolves on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Minnesota will face off against a 20-3 Lakers team that has won 13 of their last 14 games.

The Wolves have lost three-straight games, two on the road. It looked like they had Friday night’s game wrapped up in Oklahoma City, but a late delay-of-game call and a last-second shot forced the game into overtime where the Wolves faltered down the stretch. 

Minnesota is hanging onto a playoff spot with a 10-11 record, tied for seventh in the West. This is the first of a back-to-back for Minnesota. On Monday night, the Wolves will travel to play the Suns in Phoenix. 

The focus in this one will be to slow down the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The forever-young James is averaging 25.6 points, a league-leading 10.7 assists and seven rebounds per game while shooting 49.7 percent from field and 34.1 percent from the 3-point line. 

In his first season in Los Angeles, Davis is averaging 26.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. His 34.2 3-point percentage is a career-high.

With the Lakers starting both Davis and JaVale McGee, it’ll be interesting to see how Ryan Saunders combats the two bigs. 

What: Wolves at Lakers
When: 8:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, Dec. 8
Where: STAPLES Center
Watch: Fox Sports North
Listen: 830 WCCO

Connections

Not much here.

Lakers guard Troy Daniels spent 19 games with the Wolves during the 2014-15 season, averaging 2.8 points per game. He was part of the trade that sent Mo Williams and cash considerations to the Hornets. The Wolves received Daniels and the second-round pick that ended up being Jaylen Nowell, who was recently recalled by the Wolves.

Lakers assistant coach Mike Penberthy spent the 2014-15 season with the Timberwolves as their shooting coach.  

Passing KAT

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is having a career-year passing the ball. He’s averaging a career-high 4.5 assists per game. Lately, he’s been even better, averaging 6.8 assists over his last five games. During that stretch, he’s also averaging 25.6 points and 10.8 rebounds.

With Towns and Davis playing in this one, the fans will be able to see two of the league’s most talented big men. 

Chances are, these two will both get their numbers. This game will be dictated on how the players surrounding Towns and Davis play. 

Towns was listed probable for Friday’s game against the Thunder with a right knee injury. Something to keep an eye on as we approach this game. 

Injury Report:

Wolves: Jake Layman (toe) is out. Jeff Teague (ankle) and Andrew Wiggins (thumb) are questionable. Shabazz Napier (hamstring) and Karl-Anthony Towns (right knee) are probable.

Lakers: Rajon Rondo (hamstring) is questionable. Avery Bradley (leg) and DeMarcus Cousins (knee) are out. 

Projected Starters:

Wolves: PG­–Wiggins, SG–Culver, SF–Okogie, PF–Covington, C–Towns

Lakers: PG—James, SG – Caldwell-Pope, SF – Green, PF – Davis, C – McGee 

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