The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to avoid an unwanted franchise record of 11 straight losses when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Byron Scott’s side have not recorded a victory since their 95-91 success against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 12, and last Sunday’s defeat to the Charlotte Hornets saw them equal their franchise record of ten straight losses, a sequence that was originally set during the 1993-94 campaign.
The Lakers are currently rock bottom of the Western Conference after only recording nine victories in their 50 matches to date this season, but they will face a Timberwolves side on Tuesday that are only one place above them in the standings.
The 31-time conference champions have lost both meetings with Minnesota so far this season in dramatic fashion, after a narrow 112-111 defeat at the Staples Center in the opening match of the campaign was followed up with a 123-122 loss at the Target Center in December.
Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant admits he is desperate to help his side return to winning ways, but he concedes a team sometimes needs to hit rock bottom to start moving in the right direction once again.
He said: “Sometimes, you’ve got to go to the bottom of the pool, man, and figure it out. We’re almost there, gasping for air.”
Los Angeles are available at 2.60 to avoid setting a new losing record for the franchise, whilst Minnesota are on offer at 1.50 to secure a hat-trick of victories against the Lakers this season.