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Lakers vs Timberwolves NBA Game Preview

Los Angeles LakersMinnesota Timberwolves
24-47March 28, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center35-35

The visiting Lakers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Target Center against the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves sit at 35-35 (34-36 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Lakers are currently 24-47 (37-33-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 32-34-4 OU, and Los Angeles is 40-29-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 19 and the Lakers at No. 29 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-92 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 108-105 result against the Bucks on March 27. The Lakers earned a push in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 213 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Los Angeles got 28 points and 16 rebounds from Jordan Hill in a losing cause in a 108-105 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday at Bradley Center.

The Timberwolves were a 107-83 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hawks. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors. Atlanta was run off the court by the Timberwolves on Wednesday as Minnesota blasted the Hawks 107-83 at Target Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 8-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 23-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 17 in the league with 7.51 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 9.44 per outing.

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Phoenix, Sunday, March 30th
Minnesota at Brooklyn, Sunday, March 30th