Timberwolves vs. Lakers Pick
Can the Los Angeles Lakers put on an upset-performance at home tonight when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Minnesota is favored on the road, as the T’Wolves are getting odds of -5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 215.5 points. The home team has won six straight meetings in this series and covered the spread in the last five. Today’s game takes place from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California and will air live on ABC.
Minnesota is on a three-game winning streak coming into tonight’s game. The Timberwolves are now 20-13 on the season and 14-17-2 against the spread. Minnesota is just 4-6 against the spread in its last 10 games. The Timberwolves are averaging 108 points per game on offense while allowing 106.3 per game on defense. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game to lead the team while Karl-Anthony Towns is adding 20.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest.
Los Angeles has lost two straight and five of its last six coming into tonight. The Lakers are now 11-20 on the season while posting a 16-15 record against the spread. Los Angeles has covered in four of its last five games. The Lakers are putting up 106.6 points per game on offense this season while allowing 109.4 per game on defense. Rookie Kyle Kuzma is leading the team with 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Brandon Ingram is adding 16 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Ingram is questionable for tonight’s game with a quad injury while Lonzo Ball is out with a shoulder injury.
The Lakers are pretty short-handed tonight with Ball out, Ingram hurt and Brook Lopez also out. The Timberwolves have too much offensive talent for the Lakers to contain in this game. I don’t see L.A. being able to keep pace in the scoring column with their weakened roster. The public betting is slightly with the Timberwolves tonight and I think they will be able to cover.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES -5