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Lakers Vs. Wolves: Expect Lakers To Take Control Early

The Los Angeles Lakers are heavy favorites tonight to move their record to 8-0, facing the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Minnesota has lost 16 consecutive games on the road, dating back to last season. They have lost all four road games this season by at least 20 points, losing by an average of a whopping 30 points per game on the road.

Minnesota has been the opposite of the Lakers this season in terms of getting off to fast starts. The Lakers have led at the end of the first quarter in each of their last six games, while the Timberwolves have trailed after 12 minutes in all seven games this season:

Lakers T-Wolves
Opponent 1st Qtr Opponent 1st Qtr
Hou (7) Sac (4)
@Phx +1 Mil (1)
GS +20 @Mem (15)
Mem +11 @Mia (6)
@Sac +2 @Orl (19)
Tor +13 Atl (1)
Por +13 @Hou (12)

The Lakers, on average, are up by 7.57 points after one quarter, while the Timberwolves have trailed on average after one quarter by 8.29 points. Expect the Lakers to get off to another fast start tonight.

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