Extra Pass: Expect fireworks in important Lakers-Timberwolves matchup

Published March 31, 2023, 1:45 PMJC Ansis

Both the Lakers and Timberwolves have their eyes on the sixth seed.

What's up with the Lakers?

The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, thanks to an even 38-38 record. But LA is looking to climb the standings and secure an automatic playoff spot now that they're just 1.5 games behind the sixth-placed Golden State Warriors with six games remaining.

The Lakers are coming off a huge win over the Chicago Bulls, behind a 38-point effort from Anthony Davis, who also grabbed 10 boards. He has scored at least 35 points for the fifth time and posted his seventh double-double this month. His co-star, LeBron James, had 25 and seven in his second game back from injury.

The Lakers have also been getting consistent contributions from Austin Reaves, who is putting up averages of 18.8 points and 6.1 assists over the last 10 games.

What's up with the Timberwolves?

The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are currently in seventh place with a 39-38 record, one game behind the Warriors with five games left in the regular season.

They recently lost to the Phoenix Suns on the road, ending their four-game winning streak. They committed 21 turnovers in that loss and only took 12 free throws as compared to 27 by Phoenix. Minnesota is hoping they get back on track as they join the hunt for the sixth seed in the West.

Anthony Edwards has been the Timberwolves' focal point on offense. This season, he's been averaging 24.1 points per game on 46 percent shooting. Complementing him well is Mike Conley, who is making an average of 2.5 triples over the last 10 games.

Previous matchup

In the last meeting between these two teams, the Timberwolves won 110-102 behind 22 points from Rudy Gobert. The Lakers, however, didn't have LeBron James, in the lineup in that game.

Where to watch

Catch the crucial game between the Lakers and Timberwolves live tomorrow at 8:00 AM on NBA League Pass.