Los Angeles Lakers (7-5) superstar LeBron James will miss his fifth consecutive game on Friday night when his team faces the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-7). Surely the Lakers have missed their top player, but they’ve also won their last two games, the most recent of which was a 120-117 win against Miami. Although the Timberwolves lost their last game against the Warriors, Anthony Edwards was special, scoring a career-high 48 points.
Los Angeles is favored by two points in the latest Lakers vs. Timberwolves odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 225.5. Before entering any Timberwolves vs. Lakers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Timberwolves and just released its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Lakers vs. Timberwolves:
- Lakers vs. Timberwolves spread: Lakers -2
- Lakers vs. Timberwolves over-under: 225.5 points
What you need to know about the Lakers
It may have taken overtime to finish the job, but the Lakers ultimately got the result they were hoping for on Wednesday with a 120-117 win over the Miami Heat. Los Angeles relied on the efforts of shooting guard Malik Monk, who had 27 points in addition to six rebounds. Point guard Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double on 25 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Anthony Davis has been a regular on the injury report this season with a thumb injury, and he was forced out of Los Angeles’ November 7 game against Portland with a stomach illness. He’s managed to play well over the Lakers’ last two games in the absence of James, and scored 32 and 24 points against the Hornets and Heat, respectively. Historically, Davis has been good against the Timberwolves, and has averaged 26.2 points and 8.5 rebounds against them in 23 career games.
What you need to know about the Timberwolves
Edwards’ prolific scoring night against the Warriors wasn’t enough to power his team to a win, but he was responsible for 44 percent of the team’s 110 total points. The Timberwolves have made the second-most three-point baskets in the league, but only shoot 33 percent from beyond the arc. Los Angeles been in the top-third of NBA teams when it comes to limiting three-point attempts from other teams at just 38.2 per game.
Both teams are among the league’s worst when it comes to keeping personal fouls to a minimum. The Lakers rank 29th in the league, while Minnesota is one notch worse, at 30. Neither team has been particularly impressive when it comes to draining its free throws, but between the two, Minnesota has an edge, and makes 77 percent of its attempts.
How to make Lakers vs. Timberwolves picks
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