Minnesota Timberwolves (44-35) at Los Angeles Lakers (34-44)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.2 points and 12.3 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points and 1.9 assists. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to play spoiler after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 108.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Julius Randle is averaging 16.2 points and eight rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last eight home games.
The Timberwolves are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
It's tough to turn down free point with the Lakers and the way they have played at home in the second half of the season. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves need this win if they're going to reach the postseason. There's no room for error with the Timberwolves, and they have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Lakers. This game should also favor Minnesota considering both clubs like to push the pace and don't exactly play defense. Give me the team still playing for something at this point in the season.