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2020 NBA Handicapping
(2-0) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)
Date: Sunday, December 27
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Timberwolves +520 | Lakers -700
NBA Betting Odds: Timberwolves +10 | Lakers -10
NBA Betting Total: 226
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The defending champs will follow up their Christmas Day victory with a game against an early feel-good team the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers hold the all-time record versus the Timberwolves with wins in 79 of 115 matches. Last season the teams played a single time due to the pandemic with LA winning.
After the first victory of the season, few were looking at the Timberwolves as a team to be concerned about. After all, it was just the lowly Pistons they beat — a team who openly admitted they’re tanking.
Moreover, in Karl-Anthony Town’s tenure, Minnesota has made a single trip to the postseason and even then it was with Jimmy Butler leading the way.
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Yet, on Saturday the Wolves backed up their initial season win and this time they did by taking down the Jazz, a club most analysts are suggesting will be a home court seed.
Towns returned to this season with a heavy heart given everything he endured in the offseason but there a steeliness to his demeanor that appears to be resonating with his teammates.
While offense is their calling card, defense is the biggest shift and it was the reason Minnesota won the Jazz match as they forced a five-second call on the inbound pass at game end.
D’Angelo Russell led the way with 25 points while Towns delivered a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds as well as three assists, a steal, and four blocks.
In case fans forgot, the Wolves selected the top draft pick Anthony Edwards who appears to be fitting in just fine adding 18 points in the win. Malik Beasley (18) and Jarrett Culver (14) were the other double-digit contributors.
There was a scare for the Wolves as Towns had to leave the game after falling on the wrist he’d previously fractured but he returned to finish the match and ensure the win but his presence Sunday is questionable.
Jordan McLaughlin (illness) and Jaylen Nowell (ankle) are also listed as questionable.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have looked strong in both games despite the loss on ring night. The latter conceivably explained by the emotion of the night coupled with coach Frank Vogel not overextending his superstar’s minutes.
They got back on track in the match versus the Mavericks and in truth, it seems they’ll be able to exploit whatever disadvantage a team presents.
With the victory over the Mavericks on Saturday, LeBron James became the second-highest Christmas Day scorer in history. He registered 22 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds while Anthony Davis led the scoring with 28 points.
The Sixth Men of last season continue to feast on offense as Dennis Schroder served up 18 points with six assists while Montrezl Harrell offered 22 points and seven rebounds.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MIN are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 6-2 in MIN last 8 road games.
- Over is 16-5 in LAL last 21 vs. NBA Northwest.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Wolves have an opportunity to make a big splash in the opening week by sweeping their three games. The issue is whether Towns will be able to go with the sore wrist and if not who’ll step up in his place.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Wolves +10
.This pick comes with a *caveat — if Towns plays this might be the trap game of the week and they catch the Lakers napping. If KAT doesn’t play it’ll be hard for the Wolves to win or cover the spread.
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