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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 2/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Lakers (23-33) at Minnesota Timberwolves (35-25)
Date & Time Thursday February 15, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -10 -- Over/Under: 224
TV Channel
TNT, TWC SN
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NBA | Los Angeles Lakers (23-33) at Minnesota Timberwolves (35-25)
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Thursday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 107 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22 points and six assists while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Julius Randle is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 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 lost four of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.4 points and five assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.4 points and 12.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Minnesota, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are sloppy on the road, but they play really great ball at home, which includes shooting 48.2 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 6.6 points. The Los Angeles Lakers have some really ugly losses as of late and are on the end of a back to back, which can't help. This game is a chance for the Minnesota Timberwolves to unleash some frustration and head into the break with some much needed positive vibes. I wouldn't be surprised if this contest gets ugly.

Pick:
Minnesota Timberwolves -10

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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