Timberwolves vs. Lakers - 12/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (3-18) at Minnesota Timberwolves (8-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -8 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, FSN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Wednesday night at the Target Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to snap a three-game skid to climb out of a 3-18 hole. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 16.2 points and 3.3 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.2 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in 11 straight games. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 15 of their last 17 road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 101.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 21.1 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 14.8 points and 9.1 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.7 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep in their last five games and have lost eight straight when allowing 100-plus points. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 17 of their last 19 home games.
The Lakers are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 vs. Western Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Timberwolves are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific. The Lakers are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota.
This pick is more of a fade from the Timberwolves, a team that is flat out allergic to winning on their home court. Yes, the Lakers are a bad basketball team, but Minnesota has lost 17 of its last 19 home games. I'm not leaving this many points on the table when that's the case.