The Lakers look to get back on track against the bottom of the pack Minnesota Timberwolves, who have definitely underachieved thanks to injury this season. View NBA odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Los Angeles (36-35) is still holding the last playoff spot, but just by one game. They have now lost three games in a row to Phoenix, Washington and on Monday night in Golden State. The Warriors are a team who can really shoot and the Lakers seemingly had no chance. Coach Mike D’Antoni has still yet to figure out how to run the offense with the weapons he has at his disposal. The Lakers look so dysfunctional when both Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are on the court at the same time. That should be the top priority. LA would play the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs if the season ended today. The Lakers are just 13-23 on the road as they enter Minnesota.
The Timberwolves (25-44) have been pretty disappointing this season because of injuries suffered by their franchise player Kevin Love, as well as Ricky Rubio. Now, they are very pedestrian and almost 20 games below .500. Minnesota is 16-17 at home this season and have been 4-6 in their last 10 games. The T-Wolves have lost both games against the Lakers this season.
The Lakers are just 29-41-1 against the spread this season and awful on the road at 13-22-1. Minnesota is 31-36-2 ATS and 15-17-1 at home.
LA was surging for awhile and started to hit their stride before Pau returned from injury. Now, they have been struggling mightily. On the other hand, Minnesota has been pretty bad all season long. These games are becoming huge for LA and I don’t see Kobe Bryant missing chances like these. But Minnesota has gotten two of their injured stars back and are not dead yet so take the points at www.sportsbookroom.com.