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(23-32) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (35-24)
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wolves -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
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Los Angeles Lakers
This will be the Lakers’ third game since trading Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to add Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas has yet to play his second game, which is on Wednesday night, but had 22 in his first game. He said he finally had fun again and enjoyed the support his teammates gave him.
But Thomas didn’t start. He came off the bench and Brandon Ingram continued to run the point with Lonzo Ball out. Ball will remain out until after the all-star break with a sprained knee and Thomas will back him up when he returns.
The Lakers didn’t win, either, losing to the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the Western Conference. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 22 points on a perfect four three-pointers on four attempts.
Los Angeles is in New Orleans on Wednesday night before closing its pre- break schedule in Minnesota. The Lakers aren’t actually sending anybody to the all-star game, despite their city hosting it. Neither are the Clippers, actually.
Minnesota has hit a bit of a snag in its season. Nothing has gone terribly wrong but the Wolves have played some road games and hosted some tough teams. They’ve won just four out of their last nine.
Fortunately, Oklahoma City has also struggled a bit and the Timberwolves have maintained their lead in the division, which is by two games. They also have the tie-breaker by virtue of winning the season series over the Thunder.
Minnesota called up rookie Justin Patton from the G-League earlier this week. Patton has been productive down there after recovering from a broken foot that held him out for several weeks.
The forward from Creighton would the first rookie the Timberwolves use this season, if Thibs opts throw him in a game down the stretch here. He has a nice inside-out game that could help space the floor for Butler and Wiggins to put it on the deck and attack the rim.
Minnesota almost certainly won’t fall out of the 4 vs. 5 matchup in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs but it could move up to the three-seed. The Wolves are half of a game back of the Spurs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 8-6 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- Over is 20-6-1 in LAL last 27 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Over is 6-2 in MIN last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 7-3 in MIN last 10 Thur. games.
- MIN are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Head to Head: LAL are 8-19 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction: the Wolves win at home.
It’d sure surprise me if the Lakers pulled this upset.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: LA ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 105 – Minnesota 113
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