As a result of their even record of 38-38, the Lakers are currently ranked eighth in the Western Conference. Now that they are only 1.5 games behind the sixth-placed Golden State Warriors with six games left, Los Angeles can close the gap in the standings and clinch an automatic berth in the playoffs.
Anthony Davis scored 38 points and collected ten rebounds for the Lakers in their most recent game, which resulted in a decisive victory over the Chicago Bulls for the Lakers. This is the seventh time this month that he has recorded a double-double, and the fifth time he scored at least 35 points. LeBron James, his teammate and fellow superstar, scored 25 points and had seven assists in his second game back from an injury.
Austin Reaves has been providing regular contributions for the Lakers, as seen by the fact that he has posted averages of 18.8 points and 6.1 assists over the course of the last ten games.
The Timberwolves are currently in seventh place with a record of 39-38, behind the Warriors by one game with five games remaining in the regular season.
They suffered a setback on the road against the Phoenix Suns, ending their four-game winning streak. During the defeat, they were responsible for 21 turnovers and attempted only 12 free throws, while Phoenix shot 27. As they compete for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, Minnesota hopes they can get their season back on track soon.
Anthony Edwards has been the primary offensive focus for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is now shooting at a 46 percent clip and averaging 24.1 points per game this season. Mike Conley, who has played effectively as a complement to him over the course of the last ten games, is averaging 2.5 triples per game.
The previous matchup between these two clubs was won by the Timberwolves by a score of 110-102, thanks to 22 points scored by Rudy Gobert. But the Los Angeles Lakers still needed their star player LeBron James available for that matchup.