NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Timberwolves

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:59 AM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013 11:59 AM GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers have the longest active winning streak for one NBA team over another when facing the Minnesota Timberwolves, as the two teams prepare to meet at the Target Center.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this Western Conference affair, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

Thin red line

Los Angeles has lost and failed to cover the spread in its last three games, including a 109-103 setback to the Golden State Warriors as one-point road underdogs Monday night, while going OVER the total in two consecutive contests.

The Lakers are just a game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, which has likely juiced up the point spread in this matchup.

Uptick in scoring

Minnesota has split its last four games, but has averaged 104.2 points in that span, which includes a 105-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons as 1.5-point road favorites Tuesday night.

The Timberwolves are 4-9 straight up (SU) and 6-7 against the spread (ATS) in March this season, with the UNDER going 8-5 in that situation.

Quite a streak

NBA handicappers are going to have a hard time not laying the points in this spot, considering the Lakers have won 21-straight games against the Timberwolves, while the road team is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.

The streak is currently the longest active winning streak for one NBA team over another, which is hard to ignored when making your pro basketball picks.

Comes down to rebounding

Power forward Kevin Love will miss his 52nd game of the 2012-13 NBA season Wednesday, which has had a major impact on the Timberwolves’ ability to rebound the basketball.

Minnesota is 5-32 when losing the battle on the glass this year, which includes a pair of SUATS losses to the Lakers, as it was out-rebounded by a 106-75 margin in those contests. 

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Lakers as one of their NBA picks against the spread, as they’ve gone 8-1-1 ATS in their 10 wins as road favorites this season, while the Timberwolves are 1-4-1 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points.

NBA Pick:  Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 at Pinnacle

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