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Timberwolves visit Lakers in NBA clash

Minnesota TimberwolvesLos Angeles Lakers
March 18, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

17-52TEAM RECORD48-20

The Lakers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Timberwolves tip off at STAPLES Center on Friday in NBA play.

The Lakers currently sports a record of 48-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 34-34 ATS. The Timberwolves are 17-52 and 30-39 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Lakers post a 26-42 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Timberwolves have gone 32-36-1 against the number.

View Minnesota vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Lakers as 14.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 201, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers sit at No. 1 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Timberwolves are at No. 19 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lakers will win this game 108-96.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 101.5 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 30 at 106.9 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, allowing 109.4 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 119-104 result against the Jazz on March 16. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kevin Love poured in 22 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Minnesota on Wednesday, as the Jazz rolled to a 119-104 victory over Minnesota at EnergySolutions Arena.

Los Angeles was a 97-84 winner in its last match at home against the Magic. They covered the 6–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 181 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles got 23 points from Pau Gasol en route to a 97-84 victory over Orlando on Monday at STAPLES Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento are 0-10
After playing Utah are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Portland are 8-2
After playing Orlando are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Timberwolves at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Minnesota's last 24 games
Minnesota is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Minnesota
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Sacramento, Sunday, March 20
LA Lakers home to Portland, Sunday, March 20

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