Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/17/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Timberwolves (13-15) vs Los Angeles Lakers (16-13)
Game Info: Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Target Center)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center. The Los Angeles Lakers look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing six of their last 10 games.
The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 23.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.3 points and 3.3 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.1 points and 3.6 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Timberwolves are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 5-0 in Lakers last 5 overall. The over is 5-0 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers look like a team that's starting to string things together and find their footing, but their roster issues aren't getting any better, and now they won't have Westbrook for this contest. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team I was high on entering the season and still find value in them in the underdog role, and they're coming off two nice wins. The Timberwolves also don't have a single player on their injury report. The Timberwolves have a clear edge in terms of being at full strength. Give me the home team in this toss up.
Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves -1
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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