The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in preseason NBA action at the T-Mobile Arena. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 5 of their last 6 preseason games. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their last 8 preseason games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 121 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 24 points and 3 assists, while Jaylen Nowell is averaging 14 points and 1 assist. Nathan Knight is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Anderson is grabbing 5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 115 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 119 points on 37.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23 points and 3 rebounds, while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 21 points and 3 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The over is 9-4 in Lakers last 13 overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I don't like laying thick numbers in meaningless preseason games, but the Los Angeles Lakers can't put together a good showing in the preseason, and this is their second game in as many days. You can bet the Lakers are going to sit a lot of key players after playing last night. The Minnesota Timberwolves are rested, and they were on fire offensively in their first effort. It's the Timberwolves and the chalk or pass for me.