Timberwolves get vital victory over Lakers

Jimmy Butler Reportedly Expects to Return from Knee Injury vs. Lakers

Jimmy Butler Reportedly Expects to Return from Knee Injury vs. Lakers

BC-BKN-Timberwolves-Lakers, 461Butler returns as Wolves beat Lakers 113-96AP Photo LAS510, LAS509, LAS506, LAS505, LAS507Eds: APNewsNow.

Josh Hart had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Julius Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the fourth time in the past five games.

Jimmy Butler missed a 17th straight game as he recovers from a torn meniscus in his right knee, but after being in uniform Thursday night, he'll be back on the floor Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Butler makes a dramatic difference all-around, intangibly and tangibly as the Timberwolves are essentially 13 points better per 100 possessions with him on the floor. The Timberwolves were crushed 121-97 against Utah on Sunday and they take on Denver on Thursday night, while the Lakers registered a 122-112 win against the Spurs in their latest action. They now find themselves tied with the ninth-seeded Nuggets with three games remaining. To close the season, they get the Lakers, Grizzlies and Nuggets.

Taj Gibson contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Timberwolves ended a two-game slide.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma continues to be one of the brightest lights for the Lakers this season.

I am taking the Timberwolves in this one. Also, the Lakers failed to shoot above 45% in all three games against Minnesota.

Derrick Rose (Day To Day - Ankle): The Timberwolves have listed Rose as probable for Friday's game (Apr. 6) against the Lakers. The Lakers have looked good offensively in their last two games, and the over has converted in nine of the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

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