Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs. Timberwolves Lines
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(5-4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5)
Date: Sunday, November 13th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers -105, T-Wolves -110
NBA Betting Odds: T-Wolves -5.0
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The L.A. Lakers are travelling back to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. These Western Conference opponents are both full of young talent and hope to get the most out of it in this one.
The Lakers started the season very poorly, losing their first three games of 2016. However, they have gotten on track in the last 10 days. They have now won four of their last five going into Saturday’s match against New Orleans.
The Timberwolves have had an even worse start to the year. They got their second win of the year in Orlando on Wednesday against the Magic. Minnesota will also be on a back-to-back and play the Clippers on Saturday.
Los Angeles Lakers
It looked as though it would be a repeat of 2015 for the young Lakers in their first three games. But new head coach Luke Walton has seemed to get through to his guys over the last week and a half, and they are beginning to play up to their potential. Now the Lakers are very much in the playoff run for the first time in a while; they are in 8th place in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles is currently 8th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 107.8 points per game. They are 16th in rebounding with 43.4 per contest and 24th in assists with 20.1 per game. The Lakers stand 19th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.6 points per night.
Lou Williams leads the team with 15.9 points plus 3.7 assists a night off the bench. Julius Randle puts up 14.6 points plus 8.1 rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson is good for 14.2 points a night. D’Angelo Russel scores 15.6 ppg along with 4.7 assists. Number two overall pick Brandon Ingram and free agent pickup Tim0fey Mozgov have been big off the bench.
The expectations for the Timberwolves were high coming into this year, as many expected this talented young team to take the next step and be a real competitor. However, they actually seem to have regressed in 2016 under new coach Tom Thibodeau. Just like the talent, the season is also young, but they have a lot to figure out.
Minnesota currently ranks 12th in scoring with 105.9 points a game. They are 21st in rebounding with 42.9 boards a night and 17th in assists by dishing out 21 dimes per contest. The Timberwolves are 18th in scoring defense as they allow 104 points per game.
Andrew Wiggins is leading the team with 24 points per game, and Zach LaVine is right behind him with a 20.4 point per game mark. 2015 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns puts up 21.9 points plus 8.3 rebounds.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 5-1 ATS in last 6 games
- Lakers are 4-1 ATS in last 5 road games
- T-Wolves are 2-5 ATS in last 7 games
- T-Wolves are 2-6 ATS in last 8 home games
- T-Wolves are 1-5 ATS in last 6 against Lakers
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
These are two teams that seem to be trending in opposite directions early in the year. They are very similar in a lot of ways, but these two new head coaches could not be more different. The Lakers really seem to be buying into what Luke Walton is selling, but the Timberwolves are still trying to figure out how to apply Thibodeau’s system to their talent.
Although Minnesota won their last matchup 123-122 in overtime last year, the Lakers have always seemed to have their number. Both will be on the second game of a back-to-back, so neither will totally fresh. This fact, combined with home court, might play into the way Thibodeau wants the team to play, but they haven’t gotten it down yet.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: L.A. Lakers +5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 107 – Minnesota 105
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