Wolves Haven’t Won Road Game Yet & Won’t at LeBron’s Lakers

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 2:57 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 2:57 PM UTC

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won the past five meetings vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, but read on as to why that will end in Wednesday’s national TV matchup.

Minnesota (4-7 SU, 4-7 ATS) at LA Lakers (4-6 SU, 3-7 ATS)Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NBA Pick: Lakers ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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This writer already is tired of previewing Minnesota Timberwolves games because Jimmy Butler is a whiny bitch and needs to simply shut the F up and play ball for his $20 million salary – I know, that’s rough Jimmy.

It’s no secret that Butler wants out and owner Glen Taylor has promised the Wolves will trade Butler when they get an offer they judge to be worth it. Alas, Butler is holding this franchise hostage by sitting out whenever he wants and is on record saying he will decide when if he will play both ends of a back-to-back. Man, suspend this prick.

But stars have all the power so the Wolves just have to grin and bear it. Wednesday’s game at the Lakers is not part of a back-to-back, and I guarantee you that Butler will play because it’s on national television, in Hollywood (Butler has made noise about playing with the Clippers when he hits free agency) and against LeBron James.

These teams met in Minneapolis on Oct. 29 and the Wolves won 124-120 – their fifth straight victory in the series and sixth in a row at home. Butler had 32 points, including the game-clinching 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left. He had five of Minnesota’s eight fourth-quarter three-pointers. Hey, he’s an excellent player, no doubt. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Andrew Wiggins was out injured. LeBron had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Ingram 24 points.

Since ending the Lakers’ 22-game winning streak in this series, the Wolves have won 13 of the past 20.

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Derrick Rose & Montrezl Harrell exchanging some words. Jimmy Butler looks amused. pic.twitter.com/p7DeyKyscW

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Problems on Both Sides

Can the Lakers avoid their third losing streak of the young season? They’ve had one of three games and one of two and come off an ugly 121-107 home loss to Toronto on Sunday in the second of a back-to-back. The Raptors were up an incredible 31 points in the first quarter and didn’t even have Kawhi Leonard. Toronto would win the quarter 42-17; the Lakers had never previously been outscored by more than 24 points in a first quarter in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55). About the only good thing from that was LeBron played just 28 minutes.

Not the type of effort that will allow Coach Luke Walton to keep his job after reports that Magic Johnson recently ripped him a new one. Magic has said he’s not firing Walton, though, barring a drastic circumstance.

The Wolves have lost the first three of a five-game trip all by double digits as perhaps they are ready to implode. It was 120-19 at the Clippers on Monday, but at least the team didn’t have to travel after. Point guard Jeff Teague missed a fourth straight with a knee injury, and Derrick Rose had 21 points starting in his place after sitting Sunday. Butler also played after sitting Sunday and had 20 points. Minnesota is now 0-6 on the road (1-5 ATS).

  • Timberwolves are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 day of rest.
  • Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss of more than 10 points.

Dating to last year, the Wolves have been a lousy bet on the road in covering just eight of their past 31 away from the Twin Cities. The home team is 7-3 ATS in past 10 in this series, and that trend continues for a Wednesday NBA pick.

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