Minnesota Timberwolves versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 2-1-2013

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The 20-26 LA Lakers will continue to Grammy road trip as they take on the 17-25 Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Minnesota is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.

The odds from this NBA game will come out on Friday afternoon as Dwight Howard is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

The teams met four times during the lockout year with the Lakers winning all four games. LA covered the spread in three of those contests.

The Lakers are 5-16 on the road this season. A fourth quarter collapse leads to a 92-86 road defeat on Wednesday to the Phoenix Suns as a -3 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 204 points. LA blows a ten point lead after three quarters and is held to just 13 fourth quarter points. The Lakers were on a back to back and burned too much fuel the game before by not putting away New Orleans. The Lakers shoot just 42.3% from the floor and 8 of 27 from three. They give away the game with 20 turnovers. They allowed Phoenix 45.8% from the field. Kobe Bryant had 17 points and 9 assists on 7 of 17 shooting. Dwight Howard suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday night’s game.

Minnesota is 11-8 on their home court. The team loses their fifth straight game and nine of their past ten following a 96-90 home defeat on Wednesday to the LA Clippers as a +4 ½ point underdog. The total came in at under 189 points. The T’Wolves shot 44% but just 5 of 19 from the three point line. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Minnesota loses the rebounding battle to the Clips by a 45.38 margin. Clippers were without Chris Paul. Minnesota has been struggling for offense since losing Kevin Love to a broken hand. They are 26th in the NBA in shooting at 43.1% from the field and are the worst three point shooting team in the NBA by making just over 29%.

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