Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-3)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 9:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 114.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 26.2 points and 11.9 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 24.9 points and 3.4 assists. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to keep the ball rolling after winning 13 of their last 14 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.6 points and 9.1 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.6 points and 10.7 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Avery Bradley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last six home games.
The Timberwolves are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 road games. The under is 6-2 in Lakers last 8 overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking more and more like the team I thought they'd be, and that's a club that lacks consistency and struggles defensively. The Los Angeles Lakers have had their fair share of close games, but they're winning at home by an average of 11.4 points while shooting 47.5 precent from the field. I don't want anything to do with the Minnesota Timberwolves. So while I don't love the amount of chalk we're laying here, I could totally see the Lakers winning in blowout fashion.