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2021 NBA Handicapping
(21-7) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20)
Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers -256 | Wolves +223
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 223
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers entered Sunday’s game in Denver on a seven-game winning streak but with their two best players on the injury report.
Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis played, despite being listed as probable and questionable, respectively, on the team’s injury report.
In hindsight, that was not a good decision. Davis left the game after, reportedly, aggravating his achilles injury. He will have an MRI on Monday and almost certainly won’t play in this game Tuesday.
Los Angeles lost the game, 122–105. And now it must prepare for a potential stretch without Davis, though the severity of the injury is not known.
Like last season, the Lakers are jockeying with the Clippers in the Western Conference standings but this year the Jazz is ahead of them both.
With the looming return of fans to the arena, home court advantage will mean more this season than it did last when the Lakers won down in the bubble. Of course, they would play on the same court if they were to meet the Clippers in the playoffs this time around.
Even in the games Davis has missed this season, Montrezl Harrell has not started. That could change if Davis is out for a set amount of time.
Even if he isn’t, Harrell will need to step up his play on both ends. And then, look for Head Coach Frank Vogel to ask for more out of Dennis Schroder as a scorer. Schroder has shown he’s capable.
All the way at the bottom of the West, without any other team in its near vicinity, is Minnesota.
The Timberwolves have won just twice this month by a total of seven points. They have, however, been a boon for backers.
Minnesota has gone 7–1–1 against the spread in its last nine. It won straight-up in its most recent game, Sunday in Toronto.
The return of Karl-Anthony Towns has helped. He’s played in the Wolves’ last three after missing 13 consecutive. He finished 8-of-11 against Toronto for 20 points and a double-double, though he turned it over a season-high seven times.
Then again, Towns has only played in seven games all season. He’s missed 20 games.
Anthony Edwards has been starting since Jarrett Culver went down and has stayed there while D’Angelo Russell has gone out, too.
He’s up over 14 points per game after a fifth consecutive double-digit scoring game, a run that includes three 20-point games. His assist-to-turnover numbers are also improving.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Over is 7-1 in Lakers last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction: Lakers.
The Lakers will be affordable without Davis and with James a little banged up himself.
Look for them to play well in a spot that will challenge them. Often, a little adversity in a sleepy regular season spot gives a good team a reason to play its best.
LA can win this game on the defensive end. Some of its secondary scorers will enjoy their new, more involved roles in the offense.
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