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L.A. Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Point Spread Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Tuesday February 4, 2014, FSN+

Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves host the L.A. Lakers in a Western Conference match up.

In their last games: The Lakers lost to the Charlotte Bobcats and the Timberwolves lost to the Atlanta Hawks 120-113.

Surprising that the Lakers only lost by 10 points to the Bobcats, as Charlotte shot a scorching FG% of 52.3% while the Lakers were cold shooting 38.7% from the floor.

In their loss to the Hawks Kevin Love had a big game with 43 points and 13 boards, but the other players did not help out much. On the other side of the coin the Hawks shot a better FG% and had 4 of 5 starters go for at least 19 points.

These 2 teams have split the 2 games facing each other this season and in the last match up in L.A. the Lakers won 104-91.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

In the last 4 games between these 2 teams in Minnesota the total has gone Over every time.

The Lakers have lost 6 straight and are 2-8 in their last 10 games and the Timberwolves have lost 2 in a row and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

The Lakers have given up at least 100 points in 14 straight games and tonight will face a Minnesota team that ranks 3rd in the league in scoring.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Minnesota -10
Total Line: 216
Money Line: Lakers +450 / Timberwolves -600

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
L.A. Lakers: 16-31 SU 24-22-1 ATS
Minnesota Timberwolves: 23-24 SU 25-22 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• LA is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
• LA is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• LA has an Over record of 7-0 in their last 7 road games.
• MINN is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• MINN is 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a S.U. loss.
• MINN has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
L.A. Lakers: 85.55
Minnesota Timberwolves: 92.92

Key Player Injuries

LAKERS
[G] 02/04/2014 – Jodie Meeks is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. Minnesota ( Foot )
[G] 02/03/2014 – Steve Blake is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. Minnesota ( Elbow )
[G] 02/03/2014 – Steve Nash is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. Minnesota ( Back )
[G] 02/01/2014 – Xavier Henry questionable Tuesday vs. Minnesota ( Knee )
[G] 02/01/2014 – Jordan Farmar questionable Tuesday vs. Minnesota ( Hamstring )
[F] 02/03/2014 – Pau Gasol out indefinitely ( Groin )
[G] 01/29/2014 – Kobe Bryant out indefinitely ( Knee )

TIMBERWOLVES
[F] 02/04/2014 – Kevin Lowe is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. L.A. Lakers ( Ankle )
[C] 02/03/2014 – Nikola Pekovic out indefinitely ( Ankle )

Point Spread Pick:

The Lakers are a pathetic 4-18 in the 22 games without Kobe, but in that stretch included a home game against Minnesota. They won that game 104-91 but keep in mind it was the first game without Kobe and teams have the tendency to really step up the first game after a start goes down. On the season in this series Los Angeles is 1-1 straight up. Both of the games this season have been played in LA so it would be fair to suggest that Minnesota who is 13-9 at home should be the victor tonight. The odds boards show the Timberwolves as large 10 point favorites, but they have fared well as double digit favorites as of late covering 4 of their last 5. Nash may be back which will help, but the loss of Gasol has us laying the points.
Take the Minnesota Timberwolves -10

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