Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/4/14
Los Angeles Lakers (16-31) at Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -11.5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers will put their six-game losing streak on the line when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. Minnesota is currently riding a two-game losing streak.
The first thing that jumps out in this game is that it’s likely going to feature a ton of points. We’re talking about two of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. The Lakers have allowed 14 straight 100-point performances and Minnesota is allowing 101.6 points on the season. However, the total of 214 is just a little too high for my taste.
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It’s no secret that Los Angeles has been absolutely brutal all season long. Most of its key players are now riding the bench due to injuries, including Pau Gasol, who will now miss a week with an injured groin. In the Lakers last five games, they’re allowing more than 109 points per game and teams are shooting 49.3 percent from the field.
That’s scary just thinking about with Minnesota being one of the best scoring teams in the league. Thanks to Kevin Love having the best season of his career, the Timberwolves are the second-highest scoring team with an average of 105.9 points per game. Unfortunately, the lack of defense has made this a middle of the road team that struggles to stay above a .500-record.
The spread is very interesting. I know the Timberwolves are better than a banged up Lakers squad, but this is the same LA team that hasn’t even lost to Indiana, the New York Knicks or Miami Heat by double digits in recent games. Asking Minnesota to win by that much is asking a lot. Minnesota simply gives up too much defensively to win a game by a wide margin.
The Lakers are 4-0 against the spread when playing on at least three days’ rest and are 6-1 against the number in their last seven games played in Minnesota.
After a loss to Charlotte, it’s clear the Lakers have mailed it in this season but 12 points is a lot to pass up.