Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 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)
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The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to get out of their slump tonight when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers will be desperate to arrest a six-game slide tonight after hitting new lows by losing to the Bobcats by 110-100 on Friday. Pau Gasol led the scoring with 24 points while Nick Young added 21 points off the bench, but the Lakers just had no answer for Al Jefferson who dominated with 40 points and 18 rebounds. Kendall Marshall continued his hot form with 10 points and 12 assists, but might see his minutes reduced dramatically as there are reports that Steve Nash practiced fully and is expected to make his return sooner rather than later. Add to that, the rumors about Pau Gasol getting shipped off to the Suns and you got yourself a team about to go through some major changes soon.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves had won five of six games but are suddenly looking to avoid a third straight loss after losing by 120-113 to the Hawks on Saturday despite 43 points and 19 rebounds from Kevin Love. Kevin Martin added 17 points but the Wolves really missed Nikola Pekovic's scoring and rebounding. On the defensive end, the Wolves were as bad as they've been all season, allowing 38 points in the third quarter and 72 points in the second half. With the loss, Minnesota drops back below .500 to 23-24 overall and 10-15 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games but just 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Wolves are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Lakers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Minnesota and the Road team is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 overall.
Pau Gasol didn't make the trip with the team so the Lakers will probably fill his spot with Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman but the big news is that Nash could make his return for the Lakers which would be a major boost. However, no matter who plays, I couldn't make a bet on either team here and feel too confident so I'm just sticking with the Over because this has all the makings of a shootout.