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Lakers vs. Timberwolves - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (16-66) at Los Angeles Lakers (21-61)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, FSN, TWC SN

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers open their season Wednesday at the STAPLES Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are going through an emotional time with the passing of coach Flip Saunders and Sam Mitchell taking over as interim coach. This is a young Timberwolves team, and there’s no telling how they’re going to respond to the tough news. As far as basketball is concerned, Minnesota is loaded with potential. Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns are all highly skilled players who give the Timberwolves a bright future. The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a team you want to watch this season even if they’re going to come up short of the playoffs for a 12th straight season. The Timberwolves are on the rise in a big way.

Lakers vs. Timberwolves - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers have won 48 games their last two seasons and hope Byron Scott can change that in his second year. Having a healthy and productive Kobe Bryant would certainly help matters. The return of Julius Randle is going to pay off in spades, as well as the addition of center Roy Hibbert, who is still a defensive force. D'Angelo Russell has a shot to win Rookie of the Year, and Jordan Clarkson  proved last season that he’s capable of playing at a high level. The Los Angeles Lakers have some interesting pieces and could be a team to watch if certain guys step up. The Lakers have never missed the playoffs three straight seasons. Kobe and Clarkson are questionable with injuries.

The Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

This game is tough to cap given the Saunders situation. Will the Timberwolves be in a funk with the recent news and come out lackluster? Or will the death inspire them to get a victory? I'll go ahead and side with the latter. I'm not sure if Minnesota wins this game outright, but I expect a compeitive and firey performance from a young team playing for its former coach. 

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Minnesota Timberwolves +5.5

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