Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury Updates, Line-Up and Predictions

Published 12/27/2020, 10:15 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. Entering their third game, the Lakers currently sit at 1-1.

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In their last game, they beat Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. However, they will want to carry forward their momentum, especially after their opening night loss to the LA Clippers.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have had a good start to the season, winning their first two games. 2020 Draft’s number one pick Anthony Edwards has shined in both their victories. And players like D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have had a strong start this year.

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With that in mind, we preview the upcoming clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Los Angeles Lakers

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts in the third quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have significant injuries in their squad with LeBron James and Anthony Davis not 100% confirmed for the game. But they should be relatively unchanged after their win against the Mavericks.

However, at any point, James or Davis can decide to sit out a game in order to heal their body. Approaching 36 years of age, James will have to select games that he doesn’t want to play for the sake of his own recovery.

However, the Lakers will have a dominant squad even if James decides to sits out. Marc Gasol, Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma, and Montrezl Harrell will be trusted with getting the Lakers across the finishing line.

LA Lakers Expected Line-Up: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Dec 26, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver (23) dunks the ball on a breakaway in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Timberwolves could be without star center Karl-Anthony Towns who is recovering from a wrist injury. Aside from Towns, the Timberwolves are expected to play their best line-up.

After two successive wins, the Wolves will look to ride on their momentum and get in a dominant spot in the initial phase of the league

Minnesota Timberwolves Expected Line-Up: D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, Jake Layman, Karl-Anthony Towns

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Prediction

Dec 25, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams come into the game with good form. The Timberwolves are undefeated and have shown they can’t grind out victories against a tough opposition. The Lakers, on the other hand, were quick to bounce back after their loss to the Clippers, defeating one of the strongest teams in the NBA.

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Considering the wealth of superior talent at the Lakers’ disposal, one can expect them to win this one. But the victory will not come easy for the Lakers.

This Timberwolves team has a solid young core with a sea of potential. Moreover, D’Angelo Russell still has an ax to grind against his former team which can make things tricky for the Lakers.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers win a close game over the Timberwolves

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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