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NBA 2018-19: 3 things to watch out for as Lakers go on road to face the Timberwolves

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06 Jan 2019, 13:20 IST

New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

In tomorrow's NBA Western Conference match-up the Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center.

Both teams have started this year fairly bad and will look to change things in this game. While the Timberwolves will look to build momentum from their last game after their win, the Lakers will look to snap their losing streak in hopes of showing Magic Johnson and the authorities that this young team can get wins even without their injured star LeBron James.

James is expected to miss this game as well. He is still rumored to be evaluated for his groin injury soon.

As for the Timberwolves, they will hope to get back the services of the returning Derrick Rose who is expected to become an All-Star this year thanks to some serious love shown by fans all across the globe.

With all that in mind, here are the 3 things to watch out for in this game.

#3. How will the Lakers cope in an away game without LeBron

New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are having their worst run of the year with the absence of LeBron James. This is not a shocking thing, but they're much worse than what was expected. In the past 5 games, their record has been 1-4.

Now, after the recent injury updates, chances are LeBron won't be back for at least 4 more games. This is going to be a pressuring time for the Lakers as they will be on away games against good teams who are easily capable of beating them.

They're already on the border at 8th seed, and if they don't turn things around, they will be out of the playoff contention.

It's time for the Lakers' young guns to show up.

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