L.A. has already one three matchups with the Wolves this season, including two at Minnesota, most recently on March 9 (105-102). The Wolves’ excellent young point guard, Ricky Rubio, tore his left ACL with under a minute to play in that game, while Kevin Love was a last-minute scratch due to a sore back. Love also missed Minnesota’s 104-85 loss at Staples Center on Feb. 29 with flu-like symptoms, but is expected to play Friday night.
The Lakers have won 11 consecutive games over Minnesota in Los Angeles, dating back to Dec. 2, 2005. The Wolves, however, have been breaking streaks all season. They snapped 16-game loss runs to both Portland and San Antonio, in addition to a 9-game home losing streak to Dallas.
Tip off is at 7:30, which you can watch on FS West and hear on 710 ESPN radio.