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Timberwolves vs Lakers Betting Preview

Los Angeles LakersMinnesota Timberwolves
16-31February 04, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center23-24

The Lakers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota at Target Center on Tuesday in NBA action.

Supporters of the Lakers have seen them go 16-31 and 25-22 ATS so far this season, while the Timberwolves are at 23-24 and 25-22 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 22-23-2, while the Lakers are 26-19-2.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 11.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 216 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Timberwolves, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 30 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-91 victory for the Timberwolves.

The Lakers were a 110-100 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (210) made winners of OVER bettors. The Lakers got 24 points from Pau Gasol, but it was Charlotte that prevailed in a 110-100 final on Friday at STAPLES Center.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 120-113 loser on the road against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (233) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Kevin Love was dynamite, scoring 43 points and adding 19 rebounds but Atlanta still won, 120-113, over Minnesota on Saturday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 3-ranked offense (105.91 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 106.15 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 43.69% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (44.01% on average).

Next up:
Los Angeles at Cleveland, Wednesday, February 5th
Minnesota at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, February 5th