Lakers vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 3/31/23

Minnesota Timberwolves (39-38) vs Los Angeles Lakers (38-38)

Game Info: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -1.5 -- Over/Under: 235.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

Where to Watch: NBATV, Bally Sports North, Spectrum SportsNet Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now! Advertisement

The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 29.5 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 116.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.8 points and 5.2 assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jaden McDaniels is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game.

The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall. The under is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 overall. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

A massive game for both teams that are fighting to stay out of the play-in tournament, and the Minnesota Timberwolves should be given the benefit of the doubt because they're at home. However, we're getting free points with a Lakers side that's close to full strength, playing well lately and is far more experienced for these sorts of spots. Yes, the Timberwolves have won 5 of the last 6 meetings against the Lakers, but I like the free bucket with the Lakers. Give me the road team.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +1.5

Get Premium Picks Start Winning Now »
The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

Mitch's Take...

MLB Best Bets for Today Picks & Predictions Sunday 6/23/24 | 7 Picks in 5 Minutes

18+ Has gambling become a problem for you? Call the National Problem Gambling Hotline.
1-800-522-4700 |

Credit Guaranteed Packages

Packages with Credit Guarantees automatically give you a credit if the package does not turn a profit—the sum of betting all individual picks. THESE ARE NOT PARLAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE CLEARLY STATED. If a credit guaranteed package does not profit, a credit for its full purchase price is automatically issued after picks are graded and verified.

For example, if you purchase a $39.95 package that doesn’t profit, you’ll get a $39.95 credit towards any future purchase(s) on our site. Credits are usually issued within hours of a game’s conclusion, so please allow a few hours for final verification.

To use your credits, log in to your account and add another package or pass to your cart. Credits will automatically reduce what you owe. Any remaining balance will be settled through our payment system, with any leftover credits available future purchases. Credits do not expire.