Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 202.5.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 14-35 and a road record of 7-17. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4 as they are averaging 99.4 points per game while giving up 103.4 per contest. Minnesota is 2-10 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 8-21. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Lakers have an overall record of 9-41 and a home record of 5-18. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 95.8 points per game and surrendering 106.2, good for a point differential of -10.4. Los Angeles has a division record of 1-9 and a conference record of 3-29. In their last 10 games they are 0-10.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 16.6 points per game in 29.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 9.9 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Kobe Bryant averages 15.9 points per game while playing 28.9 minutes per contest this year for the Lakers. He grabs 4 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 35% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Minnesota averages 99.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 49.9 rebounds per game and 22 assists per game which ranks them 26th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 103.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.7 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 21.9 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 95.8 points per game this year which ranks them 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -10.4 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 30th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 51.9 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers rank 11th with 14.3 per game. The Lakers allow 106.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 10th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.8 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. The Lakers force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 100.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 102 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -6.3 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 104 and a defensive rating of 108.1. In terms of pace they average 94.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 19% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Lakers score 94.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 88.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -18 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -8 points per game. The Lakers rating on offense is 99.6 and they have a defensive rating of 110.4. They get 96 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 46%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 50% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 13 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 21-27-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 24-23-2 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 21-28-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 22-28-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/01/16 G Kevin Martin Wrist "?" Tuesday vs. LA Lakers
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
02/01/16 F Larry Nance Jr. Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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