Wolves starting 5
Lakers starting 5
Los Angeles looks to stay unbeaten and record its 12th consecutive victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
Behind Pau Gasol’s(notes) fourth career triple-double, the Lakers recorded their most lopsided victory of the season, 121-96 over Portland on Sunday night. Lamar Odom(notes) had 21 points to lead seven Los Angeles players in double figures.
One of the NBA’s two remaining unbeatens along with New Orleans, Los Angeles (7-0) has not opened with eight straight wins since starting a franchise-best 11-0 in 1997-98. The Lakers also started 8-0 in 1987-88, en route to the NBA championship.
Minnesota has lost its last 11 games against Los Angeles, allowing an average of 109.5 points in those matchups. Bryant scored 50 on March 18, 2007, to begin the current win streak over the Timberwolves, and has averaged 27.8 while playing all but one game during the run.
Gasol is averaging 21.7 points and 12 rebounds in the last six matchups with Minnesota.
The Lakers have won eight in a row at home against the Timberwolves and 34 of 40 all-time meetings in Los Angeles.
Kevin Love(notes), who leads Minnesota with 16.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, has averaged 11.9 points on 39 percent shooting in seven career games against the Lakers.