Lakers at Timberwolves Betting Prediction (2/16/2021)
Lakers at Timberwolves Betting
The Los Angeles Lakers are set to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, February 16th. This is without a doubt going to be an interesting matchup. Two Western Conference teams going head to head on the court will definitely make for an entertaining game.
It is safe to say that the Timberwolves are at a relatively big disadvantage. Unlike the Lakers, the team has endured loss after loss, who are ranked first in the overall Western Conference. Defending their current NBA championship title, the Lakers are looking to leave behind Denver’s loss with a win on Tuesday.
A look at the Timberwolves
The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking at another disappointing season. With only 7 wins in the current season and a whopping 20 losses, a comeback isn’t looking very promising. The Timberwolves’ recent performances have been greatly affected by their constant losing.
The team’s center, Karl-Anthony Towns, has been performing particularly well all season. He averages 21.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. He leads the team in points. Last game against the Raptors, he was able to put up 20 points and 3 assists in a mere 33 minutes.
D’Angelo Russell has averaged 19.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and, 5.1 assists from the point guard position. Rookie Anthony Edwards has done proven himself in his first year, with a field goal percentage of 38.2 and a free throw percentage of 80.7 in 26 games. However, Russel is questionable for Tuesday’s game as he has recently complained about some left leg soreness.
Edwards averages 14.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. It is clear that the Timberwolves have all the tools to pull off a win but have not managed to pull together and utilize their strengths to come out with a W. Most of their losses haven’t been by a large margin, but a lack of teamwork in the final half of the games.
An Overview of the Lakers
The Lakers are on a tear this year, but they should not have lost several of their games given their champion reputation. All-star Lebron James leads the team with 25.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, with teammate Anthony Davis trailing slightly behind with 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
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Unlike their steadily impressive offense, the team’s defense has been subpar this season, allowing opposing teams to make 19.3 shots per game within six feet of the basket. That record stands as the fifth-worst in the NBA.
That being said, Davis will be out for the next two or three weeks after an MRI revealed a calf strain near his Achilles tendon, leaving the team robbed of their second-best scoring player. Thankfully for the lakers, they have a sixth man that can fill AD’s spot for the time being.
That man is Montrezl Harrel. Out of his 10 highest usage games of the season, four of them have occurred in the five games Davis has missed. Overall, Harrel has averaged 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, so it’s safe to say that he is a pretty good candidate for Davis’ replacement.
Lakers at Timberwolves Betting Prediction
If the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a win this upcoming Tuesday, that would make them huge underdogs, after the Lakers have a -38.5 (-117) point spread. The Over/Under is at 208.5, with the over odds being -117 and the under odds at -125.
The Lakers have only covered 46.4% of the spreads going 13-15. I predict that the Lakers will come out with the win, but I do not think they will cover the points spread with AD’s loss.