Lakers vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Can the Los Angeles Lakers go on the road and get past the Minnesota Timberwolves when the two meet up today at 3:30PM ET?
565 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 566 Minnesota Timberwolves
Sunday, January 6, 2019
3:30PM ET – Target Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Timberwolves are the favorite at home today, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 232 points. The public betting for this game currently has 61 percent going on the Timberwolves at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lakers hurting without LeBron
The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last five games as LeBron James has been injured. They are coming off a 119-112 loss at home to the Knicks on Friday. The Lakers are 21-18 overall, 8-10 on the road, 16-22-1 against the spread and 23-15-1 with the under.
The Lakers are averaging 113 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 111.5 points per game while opponents shoot 44.6 percent from the floor. James will be out until mid-January and forward Kyle Kuzma is questionable to play today due to a back injury. Those two combined for 45 points, 14 points and nearly 10 assists per game. Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.2 points per game to be the active leader.
Timberwolves look to get on track
Minnesota returned home from a road trip on Friday, beating Orlando 120-103. The Timberwolves are 18-21 on the season, 13-6 at home, 20-19 against the spread and 20-19 with the over.
The Timberwolves are averaging 111.5 points per game on offense this season while giving up 111.4 per game on defense. At home, the T’Wolves score 114.4 points per game while allowing just 108.1 per contest. Robert Covington is out today with an ankle injury while guard Derrick Rose is questionable to play with an ankle issue as well. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 22.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game while Rose adds 18.9 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games following a failed cover, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games.
The Timberwolves are 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 home games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win.
The Lakers are a beat up team right now and not having LeBron takes a lot away from what they are capable of. The Timberwolves don’t have a strong record this year, but they are a much better team at home than they are on the road. Minnesota has the weapons, just hasn’t been able to figure out the puzzle. Today, the T’Wolves should be able to run right past this short-handed Lakers team.
NBA Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -7