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Tuesday, February 4th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Lakers (16-31) at Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers hope to start the month of February on a good note when they open a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

The Lakers will also visit Cleveland and Philadelphia, have lost four in a row on the road and are 8-18 as the guest this season. They are 3-12 on the road against Western Conference opponents.

Los Angeles is mired in a six-game slide overall and dropped a 110-100 decision to the Charlotte Bobcats the last time out on Friday, when Pau Gasol finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. Nick Young added 21 off the bench and Jodie Meeks scored 19 points for the Lakers, who are only 3-18 in the last 21 games and shot 38.7 percent from the floor.

"They just weren't ready to play for whatever reason," said Los Angeles head coach Mike D'Antoni. "Whether it's the end of January, who knows, but it's inexcusable."

As has been the case almost all season, injuries are the main story for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant (knee) won't travel with the team on this trip and it was announced Gasol (groin) would also stay in LA for rehab.

However, there is some good news as all three injured point guards, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, appear ready to return to the lineup, maybe even on Tuesday.

"They're all good," D'Antoni said. "I think they're all ready to go. There's a possibility all three could play (at Minnesota)."

Lakers center Chris Kaman is probable Tuesday because of a sore knee and he has missed the previous seven games. He might get the starting call with Gasol shelved, although Kaman has basically fallen out of the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have dropped two in a row and three of five games, including Saturday's 120-113 setback at Atlanta.

Kevin Love pumped in 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, while Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea added 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the Timberwolves, who finished shooting 44 percent from the field. Barea was ejected with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul.

"I didn't even know I had it (43 points) until I think Martin told me after the game. I was just trying to get us back in the game by any means," Love said. "Teammates set me up with a lot of good shots. A loss, especially right now, is tough."

Love has posted three straight double-doubles and nine in the last 10 games, posting an average of 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in that time.

Minnesota has dropped 11 straight in Atlanta and will visit Oklahoma City and New Orleans after hosting the Lakers. The T'Wolves, who are 13-9 in the Twin Cities, have split two meetings with Los Angeles this season and will host the Lakers on March 28.

The Lakers have won 26 of the last 28 matchups with Minnesota and are unbeaten in 11 straight and 12 of 13 contests at the Target Center.

02/04 10:28:08 ET

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Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Half
CHA 53
LAC 56
 
Half
CHA 53
LAC 56
 
Half
CLE 56
ORL 38
 
2nd
PHI 52
POR 50
 
2nd
TOR 29
PHO 26
 
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HOU
NYK
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DAL
IND
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UTA
CHI
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UWGB 66
ECU 49
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WEBER 59
NEV 56
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FRES 52
EVAN 58
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KYST 88
PURD 79
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LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
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ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
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INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
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FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
2nd
LALAF 51
UWMIL 54
 
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ODU 46
GWEBB 41
 
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MD 40
ARST 39
 
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TOL 44
BUCK 17
 
2nd
JMU 47
COL 38
 
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WINT 32
ETST 28
 
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GSOUT 34
FIU 30
 
2nd
BST 44
GRAM 24
 
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APP 43
HAMP 36
 
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MAST 49
JVU 29
 
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XAV 52
MURST 36
 
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WAKE 47
NICST 20
 
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MSU 40
SCU 14
 
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LOU 41
SAV 7
 
2nd
TENT 40
SELA 35
 
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VCU 30
VILL 32
 
2nd
OU 41
WCU 46
 
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IND 33
EWASH 28
 
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ILL 6
BRO 4
 
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MSST 0
CLAYST 0
 
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LIP
 
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TCU 0
MVSU 0
 
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IOWA 2
PEPP 0
 
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MEM 0
PVU 2
 
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KU 0
RIDE 0
 
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INCWORD 0
A 2
 
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BYU
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NYI 0
PHI 0
 
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BOS 0
PIT 1
 
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FLA 0
MIN 1
 
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DET 0
OTT 1
 
2nd
BUF 7
NYJ 3
 
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