February 1, 2013

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Picks

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Los Angeles Lakers
vs.
Minnesota Timberwolves

Date/Time: February 1st, 9:30 pm EST

Television: ESPN

Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Lakers -5

Total: TBD

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NBA Betting Trends

Los Angeles Lakers

  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 12 games when playing Minnesota
  • LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Minnesota
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Minnesota
  • LA Lakers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 10 games on the road

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 12 games when playing LA Lakers

 

NBA – February 1st

A pair of struggling teams in the Western Conference duke it out on Friday night at the Target Center in NBA betting action, when the Los Angeles Lakers face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Matters are really only getting worse for the Lakers, not better. F Pau Gasol is angry that he is coming off of the bench and isn’t being used in clutch situations. C Dwight Howard now has an ailing shoulder on top of all of the other problems that he has been having. G Kobe Bryant’s scoring touch has seemed to go away. Most importantly though, the team went winless for the month of January on the road, and you have to go back to December 22nd to find the last away triumph for the team. That just isn’t going to cut it to get back in the playoff race in the Western Conference. Games like this one need to be won. In the most recent display of ineptitude on the road, the Lakers blew a double digit lead in the fourth quarter to the Phoenix Suns to take what should have been the win that would have made them 21-25 and turned it into the loss that made them 20-26 instead.

The T’Wolves are still battling one of the most extensive injury reports in the league at the moment. G Malcolm Lee is out with a knee injury, G Brandon Roy still has an ailing knee, as does F Chase Budinger. F Kevin Love is out for at least the next month and a half with a hand injury as well. It’s just not a pretty sight right now, as these are some crucial pieces to the puzzle that have been missing for quite some time. That being said, we love the competitive spirit that Minnesota has shown, and we think that this could pay dividends down the line. Men like F Andrei Kirilenko and C Nikola Pekovic have really thrived in the paint, and G Luke Ridnour is playing well at the point guard spot. G Jose Barea and G Alexey Shved have both averaged double digits in scoring as well. F Derrick Williams has proven that he can get the job done when need be, and F Dante Cunningham has chipped in as well. It’s a nice well-rounded team, though we know that some of the pieces of the puzzle just aren’t ready to be playing extensive minutes at this level.

Prediction:

The Timberwolves are learning on the fly, and they are going to have a great chance to get the job done in this one. Why should we back the Lakers? Yes, they’re starting to play better ball, but until they’re over that hump and can actually get in the win column away from Staples Center, we have a difficult time having any desire to throw our money on them. Minnesota 101 – Los Angeles 96

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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