Timberwolves vs. Lakers Pick
Can the Minnesota Timberwolves go on and cover as a rare road favorite when it takes on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the T’Wolves are favored in tonight’s game, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the game is listing at 218 points. Minnesota won the first meeting with the Lakers, 125-99 at home back on Nov. 13.
Minnesota has lost four straight and their last five road games to fall to 28-42 on the season. The T’Wolves are 5.5 games out of the eighth spot in the playoffs right now and have little chance to make up that deficit. Minnesota is now 33-37 against the spread on the season. The T’Wolves are averaging 104.8 points per game on offense while allowing 105.4 on defense. On the road, Minnesota is averaging 103.3 points per game on offense while allowing 107.9 on defense. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 24.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game while Andrew Wiggins is putting up 23 points per contest.
The Lakers have lost six straight games to fall to 20-51 on the season. They are one of three teams eliminated from the playoffs right now. Los Angeles is 30-39-2 against the spread this season while averaging 104.6 points per game on offense and allowing 112.2 on defense. At home, L.A. is putting up 107.9 points per game while allowing 109.9 on defense. Over its last five games, the Lakers are giving up 126.6 points per contest. D’Angelo Russell is leading the team with 15.4 points and 4.7 assists per game while Jordan Clarkson adds 14.5 points per contest.
Minnesota certainly isn’t going to be a road favorite often, but this is a good situation for the T’Wolves. They have the ability to cover against this Lakers team that is mailing it in by sitting some of their stars. Los Angeles couldn’t stop anything right now and Minnesota still has some incentive to compete. Look for the T’Wolves to roll.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES -6.5