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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction & Betting Tips 12/21/2023

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/21/2023
  • We like the Lakers on the moneyline (+170)
  • The Lakers are also our pick on the spread at +5
  • Our NBA model projects 223 points, and we suggest taking the under

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview

Looking to win big? The Lakers and Timberwolves face off at 9:00 ET on BSN. The Timberwolves are hosting the game at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The over/under for this game is set at 224.5 points, and the Timberwolves are the home favorites against the Lakers in a Western conference matchup. Check out BetCoco for Minnesota Timberwolves – Los Angeles Lakers odds

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Head-to-Head and Key Stats

In the last five head to head matchups, the Timberwolves have had the upper-hand, going 3-2. Against the spread, the Timberwolves have fared well when favored vs. the Lakers, going 3-0.

  • Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 0-3. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
  • In their last ten games at home, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 7-3 while going 5-4-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 116 points per game in this stretch.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-2.
  • The Timberwolves have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction

Looking ahead to today’s game against the Timberwolves, the Lakers are focused on staying above .500. So far, they are 15-13 overall. At home, the Lakers are 10-3 compared to 5-10 on the road.

So far, Los Angeles’ ATS record is below .500 at 11-17. Los Angeles has failed to cover the spread in five straight road games and are 5-10 ATS on the road compared to 6-7 at home.

The over/under record for the Lakers stands at 13-15-0 so far this season. Their games feature an average over/under line of 229.1, and they hold a -1.6 differential compared to the over/under line this season.

Compared to their season average of 113.6 points per game, the Lakers struggled in their previous game. Against the Bulls, the Lakers scored 108 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.7%. Coming into the game, the Lakers offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 34%. On average, they get up 30.8 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 18.6 made free-throws.

So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 16 in the league at 113.9 points per contest.

In the terms of takeaways, Lakers are causing 13.7 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.6 blocked shots each game.

This season, the Timberwolves are 20-6 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When playing on the road, the Timberwolves are 9-5 compared to a 11-1 record at home.

Minnesota arrives with an ATS record of 14-11 for the season up to this point. This season, Minnesota has a 11-8 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 3-3 as underdogs.

The Timberwolves have seen over half of their games surpassing the over/under lines, resulting in an over/under record of 14-12-0. Their games have currently averaged 191.0 points per game and the average over/under line so far is 222.6.

The Timberwolves’ offense wrapped up their last game with 113 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 113.5 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Karl-Anthony Towns, who holds an average of 22.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.7 points per game this season.

So far, the Timberwolves’ defense is ranked 1 in the league at 106.7 points per contest.

When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Timberwolves squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 50.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 33.8% from downtown.

Even though they are considered 5-point underdogs, our projection points to a 113-110 win for the Lakers.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Tips

  • We like the Lakers on the moneyline (+170)
  • The Lakers are also our pick on the spread at +5
  • Our NBA model projects 223 points, and we suggest taking the under

Minnesota Timberwolves Injury Report

  • Jaylen Clark – Achilles – Out

Los Angeles Lakers Injury Report

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino – Back – Out

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