Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 1/1/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (11-24) at Minnesota Timberwolves (23-14)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -10.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, FSN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday in NBA action at the Target Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.3 points and 3.3 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.6 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.2 points and 4.8 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.4 points and 11.5 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.3 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last seven home games.
The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Timberwolves are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific. The Lakers are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Minnesota, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing some of their best basketball in quite some time, but that doesn't mean I'm trying to lay double-digit chalk. The Timberwolves have ben brutal against the number at home and the Lakers have done a great job of haning around with good teams and have covered five of their last six on the road. I am worried about the Lakers being on the end of a back to back with double-overtime, but there's still value with the points. I'll take them.