Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Lakers – NBA Betting Picks For Tonight | Betting Odds
Without LeBron James on the floor watching the Lakers is not as fun, but the team is in need of a win, and that might push them to play harder and smarter. There are several rumors out there that coach Luke Walton is running out of time. LA needs to get a W when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on national TV on Thursday Night. The Lakers enter this meeting after back-to-back losses against the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. They failed to cover as 13.5-point underdogs against the Warriors, losing by 19 points. LA did cover the spread against the Rockets losing by only four as a 7-point dog in Houston.
Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions
The team can score, especially Kyle Kuzma who dropped 32 points against Oklahoma City, another 32 against Houston, and 16 against Golden State. Facing the Warriors is a lot different from facing any other team in the NBA. I don’t think we can hold that against Kuzma and the rest of the Lakers. Minnesota is on back-to-back wins against the Phoenix Suns. Yes, they faced Phoenix twice in a weird flex in the NBA calendar. The Wolves covered the second meeting as 4-point favorites by destroying the Suns 118-91. It was also the first of four games where the game total hit the under. Phoenix didn’t help with the share of baskets to catch a bigger total.
Beating the Suns is cute, but it doesn’t tell us anything about the Wolves. Minnesota is one of the worst rebounds teams in the NBA and gives away too many second chances. A team like the Lakers is one of the best rebounding squads because they need the effort. LA is not good enough to just sit tight and expect their talent to win them the games. The Wolves have beaten the Lakers in six of their last seven games; although this season they have split the series. I really like what the Lakers showed against contenders like the Thunder, Warriors, and Rockets. I am expecting the same approach against Minnesota, and this time it should lead to a win.
What’s the play? Lakers.
- Spread: +1.5
- Money line: +107
- Game Total: 229
- Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
- Game Time: 10:30 PM ET
- Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: TNT
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