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Lakers visit Timberwolves in NBA clash

Los Angeles LakersMinnesota Timberwolves
March 9, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

23-16TEAM RECORD21-19

Los Angeles pays a visit to Minnesota on Friday, hoping to send the Timberwolves to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Target Center.

The Timberwolves bring a 21-19 record (22-18 ATS) to the battle against the 23-16 Lakers, who are 18-21 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 19-20-1 so far and the Lakers go 18-21.

View LA Lakers vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 9-rated Timberwolves and the No. 4-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-96 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 8-ranked offense (97.6 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 7 at 91.7 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 43.3% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 14-rated mark, allowing 96.2 points per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in home scoring.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 106-101 loser on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (207) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Lakers got a terrific 30-point performance from Kobe Bryant but Washington handed them a 106-101 defeat on Wednesday at Verizon Center.

The Timberwolves were a 106-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Love scored 29 points and added 16 rebounds for a double-double, leading Minnesota over Portland, 106-94, on Wednesday at Target Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Washington are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing New Orleans are 1-9
After playing Portland are 1-9
After a win are 7-3

A few Lakers at Timberwolves trends to consider:
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 on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 10 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Boston, Sunday, March 11
Minnesota home to New Orleans, Saturday, March 10