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Lakers home to Timberwolves in NBA betting action

Minnesota TimberwolvesLos Angeles Lakers
Feb 29, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

18-17TEAM RECORD20-14

Minnesota pays a visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, hoping to send the Lakers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at STAPLES Center.

Supporters of the Timberwolves have seen them go 18-17 and 20-15 ATS so far this season, while the Lakers are at 20-14 and 16-18 ATS. In totals betting, the Lakers are 15-19, while the Timberwolves are 16-18-1.

View Minnesota vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Lakers in this one will find them as 7.5-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 190.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers sit at No. 5 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Timberwolves are at No. 11 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lakers will win this game 98-96.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 22-ranked offense (93.1 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 17 at 95.7 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 44.9% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.2% on average).

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.6 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 109-97 result against the Clippers on February 28. The Timberwolves covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog, while the 206 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Timberwolves got a 27-point performance from Derrick Williams as Minnesota ran past Los Angeles 109-97 on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

The Lakers were a 100-85 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (185) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Lakers endured a 100-85 loss at the hands of the Thunder on Thursday, despite a 24-point effort from Kobe Bryant at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Phoenix are 2-8
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Sacramento are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Timberwolves at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their 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 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Phoenix, Thursday, March 1
LA Lakers home to Sacramento, Friday, March 2