Minnesota Timberwolves (20-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-20)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers meet Christmas in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 4.7 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16 points and 3.3 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four straight home games.
The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Lakers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are finally stringing some wins together and this could be the turning point in them starting to reach expectations. The problem is right when I'm ready to back Minnesota and believe in them, they fall apart again and look like an average basketball team. I'm not falling for the trap, especially with the Timberwolves allowing 48 percent shooting on the road. The Los Angeles Lakers have hadseveral heartbreakers this week, as games against Portland and Golden State (twice) came down to the wire. The Lakers also beat the Rockets as 15 point underdogs. These baby Lakers are playing solid ball and eventually one of these close games have to go their way, right? Give me the points.