Betting on today’s Lakers and Timberwolves game? Catch the action at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, as the Timberwolves hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on BSN. This Western conference matchup has an over/under of 227 points, and the Timberwolves are favored to win at home vs. the Lakers.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +3.5
This game will be played at Target Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-115 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have Anthony Davis finishing with Anthony Davis points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.8% and knocking down 11 threes.
Do the Lakers Have What it Takes on the Road?
Heading into today’s game against the Timberwolves, the Lakers are the 3.5-point underdogs on the road. Overall, they are 17-15 and sit 8th in the Western Conference.
Against the spread, Los Angeles is 14-18 this season. On the road, they have gone 6-11 straight up and 7-10 ATS. The Lakers have covered the spread in each of their last two road games.
The over/under record in their games is currently 17-15. Today’s over/under line of 227 is slightly below their average over/under line of 229.3. In their previous games with lower over/under lines than 227, their over/under record is 5-8, and the over has hit five straight times.
So far, the Lakers have been the favorite in 20 of their 32 games and have a record of 14-6. When playing teams outside of the Western Conference, Los Angeles is 4-6 for the season.
In their most recent game, the Lakers scored 133 points against the Hornets. They shot 53.6% from the field and made 15 three-pointers. For the season, the Lakers have a field goal percentage of 48%, which is 5th in the NBA. When it comes to three-pointers, they are 28th in made threes and 22nd in three-point percentage.
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 15th in the league, allowing an average of 114.5 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Lakers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.5% from downtown.
Will the Timberwolves Come Through as Home Favorites?
For the Timberwolves, the focus will be on staying atop the Western Conference as they get ready to host the Lakers. Coming into today’s game, Minnesota is 23-7 and have won six straight at home. Overall, they are 13-1 at home this season.
When looking at the standings, the Timberwolves are also first in the West. Against other teams in the West, Minnesota has gone 16-4 compared to 7-3 in non-conference games.
So far, the Timberwolves have been the favorite in 22 of their 30 games and have a record of 19-3 when favored. Their average scoring margin as the favorite is currently +9.3 points per game.
Minnesota’s ATS record of 15-14 includes two straight losses at home (vs. the spread). On the road, they have an average scoring margin of +1.1 points per game compared to +11.6 at home.
The over/under record for the Timberwolves this season is 17-13, and the over has hit in each of their last two games. So far, 21 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 227 points. The average over/under line in their games has been 223.3 points.
The Timberwolves put up 118 points in their most recent game vs. the Mavericks. They shot 51.4% from the field and made 17 threes. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 31.6 three-point attempts per game. Overall, they are shooting 48% from the field and averaging 98.1 possessions per game.
So far, the Timberwolves defense is giving up 107.4 points per contest, which has them sitting 1st in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in three straight matchups. In the terms of takeaways, Timberwolves are causing 14.6 turnovers per game, ranking 26th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 6th in rejections, averaging 6.1 blocked shots each game.