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L.A. Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/24/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: L.A. Lakers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 229
TV Channel
TNT, SPEC, FSN
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.5 points and 12.3 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last eight road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 19.3 points and six rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last six home games.

The Timberwolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 28-13 in Lakers last 41 overall. The over is 19-7 in Timberwolves last 26 overall.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers. The Minnesota Timberwolves have put together some wins recently, but this is a team I don't look to get behind often due to their lack of defense, inconsistent play and the fact they're being outscored by an average of 5.7 points on the road. The Los Angeles Lakers still have a positive point differential at home this season and are expected to get Rajon Rondo back, which can only help the offense. Also, the Lakers have shown progress recently by taking the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets to overtime on the road in their last three games. At home against a team that doesn't play defense, this is a more than winnable game for the Lakers. I'll take the free bucket.

Pick:
Los Angeles Lakers +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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