Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Timberwolves vs Lakers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday October 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Minnesota Timberwolves (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-)
Date: Wednesday October 28
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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Wednesday nights Timberwolves vs. Lakers matchup will feature some of the best veterans in the game along with some of the most talented rookies in the league.
The Lakers will have Kobe Bryant back and healthy ready to go here on Wednesday. Along with him, Julius Randle returns after missing all of 2014-2015.
The Timberwolves have hit in the draft year and after year. With their high draft picks, they have built a solid foundation of a young core. While the core still needs time to develop, this year could be an outside chance for them to sneak into the playoffs.
The Timberwolves have utilized every top draft pick they’ve gotten and have formed one of the youngest, but most potential teams in the NBA. Minnesota received the #1 overall pick last year and went with Karl-Anthony Towns. He’ll fit right into the Timberwolves youth movement here this season.
Towns will join reigning rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins averaged 16.9 points per game to go along with nearly 5 rebounds a game.
The young talent doesn’t stop there. Zach LaVine (10.1 PPG), Gorgui Dieng (9.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG), and Shbazz Muhammad (13.5 PPG) all return to offer the Timberwolves plenty of depth.
Minnesota also has a nice compliment of veterans to not just help the rookies develop, but to also contribute and make this team a contender. Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince, and Ricky Rubio headline the veteran leadership.
C Nikola Pekovic remains sidelined with an achilles injury.
Kobe Bryant returns in what could potentially be his final season in the NBA as the Lakers believe they have a legit chance at a playoff spot this season. Kobe Bryant returns to full health along side Julius Randle who is also back from a season ending injury.
Los Angeles also went out and added some key parts to their roster to build around Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle. To help defensively and down low offensively, 7 foot Roy Hibbert was signed to the Lakers roster.
Also signed was F Brandon Bass. Last year, Bass averaged 10.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds. He’ll be a solid presence on the defensive end and offer some post offense with Hibbert down low.
The Lakers will also have rookie D’Angelo Russell, who was drafted 2nd overall. Russell was passed over by the Timberwolves which may give the Ohio State product a bit of motivation here on opening night for the Lakers.
The main key to keep an eye on come Wednesday night is Kobe Bryant and his minutes. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has played just 41 games total. The injury plagued star says he’s ready to go as he practice Tuesday night at shoot around.
NBA Betting Trends:
Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Timberwolves are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Pacific.
Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Lakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Northwest.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Lakers are a much improved team and the Staples Center will be rocking with the return of number 24 on Wednesday. Expect big games from Randle and Russell along with Kobe have a strong opening performance.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles ATS
The Lakers get a solid all around strong performance and open the 2015-2016 campaign with a win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 104 – Minnesota 95
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