The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are poised to square off Friday in the midst of vastly disappointing seasons. Neither team has even come close to meeting expectations due to injuries and a lack of team chemistry. However, it’s fair to say that the Lakers have some distinct advantages over the T-Wolves despite similar struggles.
As it stands, neither the Lakers nor Timberwolves are currently in playoff position. The Lakers are 10th in the Western Conference with a 20-26 record, coming off a loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns. A defeat that Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times called the worst loss of the season via Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have struggled to stay relevant due to key injuries to Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Minnesota has a 17-25 record and a league-worst 1-9 record in their past 10 contests.
Again, neither team has many positives to draw on. Nevertheless, the Lakers are in a better position to succeed moving forward for a handful of reasons.
Note: All statistics/records in this article are accurate as of Jan. 31, 2013.