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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 3/28/14

Los Angeles Lakers (24-46) at Minnesota Timberwolves (35-35)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -11 -- Over/Under: 225 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Friday night.

Head to head, the Lakers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota while the road team is 20-8-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Lakers on the other hand are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 3/28/14

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are destined to be a .500 team this season. They may well end the regular season over their expected target of 40.5 wins, but they have been a disapointment in nearly everyone's eyes. While they rank in the top seven in the league in points, rebounds and assists per game, its their defense and inability to close out tight games that has stopped them from moving into the upper echelon in the Western Conference. Minnesota comes into tonight's contest eight games back of the ninth placed Dallas Mavericks, which just shows you how tight the West is this season. Had the Timberwolves been in the Eastern Conference this season, they would likely be the third of fourth best team behind Miami and Indiana.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers are coming off rare back-to-back wins over Orlando and New York, which snapped their four-game losing streak. To say the Lakers have been bad on the defensive end this season would be putting it lightly as they enter tonight's game allowing 108.4 points per contest, which is the third worst mark in the NBA. Having said that, LA kept the visiting Magic and Knicks to 94 and 96 points, respectively, which snapped a streak of 13 game in which they conceeded at least 100 points. 

While the Lakers have played better recently, two of their last three road games have resulted in losses of 29 points or greater. Meanwhile, Minnesota is far from a perfect team, but one thing they have done well this season is beating up on the lesser teams. I wouldn't bet on this, but I think the T-Wolves get the cover in this one, but just...

Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -11

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