MIN VS LAL NBA Dream11 Basketball Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Regular Season
MIN VS LAL MATCH PREVIEW:
Los Angeles Lakers host Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA action on Saturday morning (IST) at Staples Center, in Los Angeles.
Lakers (34-44) are 11th in Western Conference heading into this match. They can't move below their current standing, and neither they have the games left to take on Los Angeles Clippers who are a place above in the table at 10th with 42 wins and 37 losses this season.
While Minnesota Timberwolves (44-35) have everything to play for in their next three games of the regular season. They are 8th, but Denver Nuggets (44-35) have an identical record, and if results go reverse and Wolves lose, Nuggets would be grabbing the last playoff spot in this conference.
So the season has come down to the remaining three games, and Timberwolves have no option but to win the game against their hosts Los Angeles Lakers.
Match Timing: Tomorrow, April 05, 08:00 AM IST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Form of the Team-
Los Angeles Lakers–
Lakers won their last game against San Antonio Spurs 122-112 and snapped their three-game losing streak. Though the win didn't help their league position, it certainly played the role of party-pooper as Spurs are still in danger of missing out on NBA playoffs for this season.
They could play the role of spoiler for Timberwolves if the visitors show them too much respect. As a team, Lakers are averaging 108.4 points and are allowing 109.7 points against them.
Their overall home record is positive this season, winning 20 out of the 38 they played at Staples Center this season.
Lakers have a good recent record against the teams from Western Conference, winning four times in their last 5 games. While in their last 18 home games, they have won 13 and lost only five.
So all these stats suggest that Lakers have the potential to strike a hammer blow to Timberwolves' NBA playoff aspirations.
Minnesota Timberwolves lost six of their last 10 games, and it leaves them in danger of missing out on playoff 2018. Their away record suggests that their poor recent run may stretch by a game as in the last 22 games, they have won five and lost 17 times.
As a team, they are averaging 109.6 points, allowing 107.7 against them. Also, Wolves have won just two games in their last 11 meetings against Lakers heading into this match.
A tough outing for the visitors who are targeting playoff-
Last 10 Games –
Los Angeles Lakers – L L L W L W L L L W
Minnesota Timberwolves – L L W W L L W W L L
Los Angeles Lakers – Win – 34, Loss – 44
Minnesota Timberwolves – Win – 44, Loss – 35
Top Performer –
For Los Angeles Lakers-
|Points Per Game||Kyle Kuzma||16.3|
|Rebounds per Game||Julius Randle||8.0|
|Assists Per Game||Lonzo Ball||7.2|
For Minnesota Timberwolves:
|Points Per Game||Jimmy Butler||22.2|
|Rebounds per Game||Karl-Anthony Town||12.3|
|Assists Per Game||Andrew Wiggins||7.0|
MIN VS LAL TEAM NEWS:
Los Angeles Lakers:
For Los Angeles Lakers, Lonzo Ball (knee contusion), Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol), Isaiah Thomas (hip surgery) and F Luol Deng (sprained ankle) have all been ruled out from this match.
While Brook Lopez (back tightness) is questionable.
Kyle Kuzma (Forward), Julius Randle (Forward), Brook Lopez / Tyler Ennis (Center), Caldwell-Pope (Guard), Alex Caruso (Guard)
From the bench: Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Channing Frye, Travis Wear
Timberwolves' guard Jimmy Butler was available to play Thursday against Denver Nuggets but didn't play. He is expected to play today. He has missed 16 straight games due to knee injury. Jeff Teague returned against Nuggets after recovering fully from his knee injury, while rookie Center Justin Patton did not travel with the team because he was ill, and is expected to be out from this game as well.
Taj Gibson (Forward), Nemanja Bjelica (Forward), Karl-Anthony Towns (Center), Jeff Teague (Guard), Andrew Wiggins (Guard)
From the bench: Jamal Crawford, Gorgui Dieng, Tyus Jones
Los Angeles Lakers – Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma
Minnesota Timberwolves – Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns
MIN VS LAL FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Los Angeles Lakers are at home and considering their good record at home in 2017-18, it looks a good bet favoring them for a win.
However, Wolves are chasing a playoff spot and need a win to keep their hopes alive and in their own hands. So they could be more aggressive.
It's hard to call, but we are going for an away win in this match.
NOTE: THIS MIN VS LAL MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.