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Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA odds tilt

Minnesota TimberwolvesLos Angeles Lakers
13-13December 20, 2013, 10:30 | STAPLES Center12-13

The Lakers will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Timberwolves at STAPLES Center in NBA wagering action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Lakers currently sport a record of 12-13, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-10 ATS. The Timberwolves are 13-13 and 14-12 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Lakers post a 14-11 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Timberwolves have gone 12-14 against the number.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Lakers in this one, they were listed earlier as 5-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 210 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Lakers and the No. 4-ranked Timberwolves, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 99-92 result in favor of the Timberwolves.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 120-109 winner at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (229) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Timberwolves got a 30-point performance from Nikola Pekovic as Minnesota handed Portland a 120-109 defeat on Wednesday at Target Center.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 96-92 winner as they battled the Grizzlies on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 21 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 96-92 victory over Memphis on Tuesday at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense (100.32 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.96 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 44.29% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (42.57% on average).

Next up:
Minnesota at Los Angeles, Sunday, December 22nd
Los Angeles at Golden State, Saturday, December 21st