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Lakers vs. Timberwolves Preview: Get the brooms out

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The Lakers will have an opportunity to sweep the Timberwolves with a win on Tuesday.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are ... interesting. They have three players on their roster that were taken with the first or second pick in the NBA Draft over the last six years and two have them — D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns — have made All-Star games in the last three years.

And still, they currently hold the worst record in the NBA with nine wins and 30 losses because the trio of Russell, Towns and Edwards have only played four games together. In those four games, they’ve gone 2-2.

The Timberwolves will still be incomplete when they play the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this season on Tuesday because Russell is still recovering from knee surgery, but the Lakers will be dealing with a few injuries of their own. In addition to Anthony Davis, who’s expected to miss at least another two weeks with Achilles tendinosis, and Jared Dudley, who is out indefinitely with a right MCL tear, the Lakers won’t have Alex Caruso (concussion) or Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols), both of whom were ruled out of Tuesday’s game by Frank Vogel on Monday.

When you consider the fact that the Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves twice already without Anthony Davis in the starting lineup, there’s no reason to be overly-concerned. In fact, you could argue that they’re the favorites. However, with the amount of names on the injury report, it wouldn’t be some huge disappointment if the Lakers let Tuesday’s game get away from them.

Notes and updates

  • Over the last seven games, Anthony Edwards, who was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has averaged 23.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. It’s one of the few things going well for the Wolves this year.
  • The latest update on Anthony Davis, however, was less positive. He may miss another three weeks or more, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers and Timberwolves will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT, and the game will be broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet.

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