Lakers vs. Timberwolves - 11/28/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-10) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -6 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves face off on Friday at the Staples Center in a NBA matchup of the teams with the two worst records in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 3-12 this season and they have lost their last three games. The Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 games and 1-7 at home this season. The Lakers are averaging 101.4 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 110.8 points and their opponents shoot 48.4 percent. Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.4 points , 5.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists to lead the Lakers. Jordan Hill is averaging 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds, Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin is averaging 12.3 points and 4.9 assists. The Lakers are shooting a dreadful 29.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have a nice roster of young talent but they are taking their lumps as part of the building process. The T-Wolves are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 1-5 on the road, and they have lost their last three games in a row. Minnesota is averaging 99.9 points ad they are shooting 43.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 109.7 points per game and their opponents shoot 50.8 percent from the floor. Kevin Martin is the Timberwolves leading scorer but he is out for this one. Thaddeus Young is averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins is averaging 12.6 points, and Nikola Pekovic is averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds. The Timberwolves are 29th in the NBA in points allowed.
Los Angeles is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a losing record, 3-8-2 against the spread in their last 13 home games, and 1-4 against the spread against the NBA Northwest. Minnesota is 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, 1-6 against the spread following a loss, and 0-5 against the spread against the Western Conference. The road team is 13-3 against the spread in the last 16 meetings of these two.
The T-Wolves aren't ready to win right now and while I see them as a team to look out for in the future they fall short here.