Timberwolves vs. Lakers - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (7-16) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +3 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, FSN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves square off Sunday at the Target Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won four of their last seven games and are coming off a big win over the Spurs. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 110.1 points on 48 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads LA with 25.4 points and five assists while Nick Young is averaging 15.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Jordan Hill is grabbing nine rebounds per game and Jeremy Lin is averaging five assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning recently but must improve a defense that’s allowing teams to shoot 48.8 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from deep in their last five games. We know the Lakers can score points with the best of them, but they’ve lost six of their last eight games SU when allowing 100-plus points. Four of the Lakers seven wins have come on the road.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost seven of their last eight games and are the most banged up team in the league. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 108.9 points on 49.6 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 14 points and 4.6 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 12.6 points and four rebounds. Corey Brewer is shooting 42.1 percent from the field and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves remain one of the worst defensive teams in the league, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.4 percent in their last five games and are 1-16 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points. Mo Williams is questionable for this game with a back injury.
The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Lakers are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota and the road team is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
The Lakers have really improved their game since the return of Nick Young and are stringing together some nice wins. I just can't back a Minnesota team that's missing much of its key players and plays no defense. Give me the Lakers and the small chalk.