Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Sunday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be gunning for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Jazz in a 116-111 road win last night. D’Angelo Russell led the team with 25 points and six assists, Malik Beasley and Anthony Edwards each scored 18 points while Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 29 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 68 points in the first half, before holding off for the narrow win as the Jazz drew to within two points with 5.9 seconds remaining.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers lost their season opener to the Clippers, but they are coming into this one full of confidence after blowing past the shorthanded Mavericks in a 138-115 home win on Christmas Day. Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 28 points, eight rebounds and five sasists, LeBron James and Montrezl Harrell each scored 22 points while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 18 points and six assists. As a team, the Lakers shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field and 19 of 39 from the 3-point line as they never looked in danger after pouring in 69 points in the first half to build a double-digit lead that only grew as the game went on.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Los Angeles.
The Timberwolves have started the season in fine form with a couple of wins on the trot, but they will do well to keep that winning streak against the Lakers who are coming off a blowout win over the Mavericks. The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall, but they are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest, so I’m sticking with the Lakers to get the job done here with a win and cover.