Timberwolves vs. Lakers Prediction
Nether the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Los Angeles Lakers have turned a corner this season and are already in danger of not meeting expectations. Will LeBron James and host LA pick up the win tonight on national television?
519 Minnesota Timberwolves at 520 Los Angeles Lakers
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
STAPLES Center at 10:35PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lakers are a 6-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 239 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, 65 percent of public bets are coming in on host Los Angeles. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest info.
T-Wolves drop third straight
Minnesota dropped to 0-6 on the road Monday night with a 120-109 loss at the Clippers. Derrick Rose led the way with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting with four assists and three rebounds. Jimmy Butler tallied 20 points, five assists and four rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points, 12 boards, four blocked shots, three steals and two assists. Taj Gibson contributed 15 points, nine boards and two steals. Andrew Wiggins added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Timberwolves were outscored 57-50 in the second half to close it out.
Lakers unable to hang with Raptors
Los Angeles fell behind big in the first half Sunday night in a 121-107 home loss to the Raptors. The Lakers trailed 42-17 after the first quarter and could not climb back. With the loss, LA is now 4-6 on the season and 2-3 at home. Kyle Kuzma paced the Lakers with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting with five rebounds and two assists. LeBron James contributed 18 points to go with six assists and two boards. Brandon Ingram had 16 points and three dimes. Lonzo Ball registered 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Rajon Rondo added 10 points and three assists as a reserve.
NBA Betting Trends
The T-Wolves are 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a losing home record. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. Los Angeles is 0-4 ATS in its last four games versus a team with a losing road record.
It pains me to do this, but I'm taking Minnesota here. Butler should be in the lineup and bettors get six points to work with against a Lakers team that struggles to blow teams out due to its defensive deficiencies. I think the Timberwolves are still going to start playing better basketball even with all the inner turmoil and they certainly don't have to be perfect tonight to make bettors happy.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES +6