The eighth seeded Minnesota Timberwolves (44-35) travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (34-44) in a crucial game for the Wolves. The Wolves are in a virtual tie with the Denver Nuggets who are in the ninth spot. A loss for the Wolves would put them out of the playoff picture and put the Nuggets in. The loss for the Wolves last night (100-96) to Nuggets makes this one a must win especially with the Nuggets sitting idle tonight.
The Lakers who are coming off a season sweep of the San Antonio Spurs look to finish the last week of their season hoping to spoil the Wolves playoff hopes. The Lakers will once again be without forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball.
This Lakers are looking to finish their season strong. They want to show that whether a free agent comes to Los Angeles or not they will be ascending for years to come. The Wolves are built to try and compete now, and with Jimmy Butler expected back in the starting lineup the Wolves should come in to Staples Center expecting to leave with a win.