The Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24), 1.5-point favorites, will travel to the Staples Center to meet the Los Angeles Lakers (25-23). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 229 points and it will air on TNT at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds
The Timberwolves won big over the Phoenix Suns in their last outing, 118-91, easily covering as 4-point favorites. The Lakers, meanwhile, were dismantled by the Golden State Warriors, 130-111, and failed to cover as 13.5-point underdogs. The Minnesota game finished 23.5 points under the projected point total of 232.5, while the Los Angeles game finished 8.5 points over the projected point total of 232.5.
Minnesota played a flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 40.8 (above their season average of 24.7) and a free throw rate of 0.126 (below their season average of 0.222). For those same stats, Phoenix was 10.2 and 0.115, respectively. Los Angeles, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.262 (above their season average of 0.182). Los Angeles rallied around Brandon Ingram, who contributed 17 points and five rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns had a solid performance for Minnesota, recording 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists.
In three contests against each other this season, the Timberwolves have won two. The two teams combined to score 194 points in their most recent game, which was well under the projected point total of 224.5. Minnesota won 108-86, covering as an 8-point favorite. The Timberwolves’ 12.5 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Lakers, who had a rate of 17.5. Towns recorded a double-double with 28 points and 18 rebounds.
Of the Timberwolves’ 47 games, 25 have finished over the total. Minnesota heads into the contest with records of 23-24 straight up (SU) and 24-23 against the spread (ATS).
Lakers games tend to finish under the O/U total (60.4 percent). Additionally, Los Angeles owns records of 25-23 SU and 20-26-2 ATS.
Los Angeles could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they battle against one of the worst offenses in the NBA. The Lakers currently rank second in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.504), while Minnesota is 26th in effective field goal percentage (0.504). Moreover, the Timberwolves rank second in turnover percentage (12.3 percent), while the Lakers rank 21st in opponents’ turnover percentage (13.0 percent).
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers Free Pick
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- The Lakers rank second in points in the paint per game (56.0) while the Timberwolves rank 14th (48.7).
- Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.4) while Los Angeles ranks 24th (8.4).
- The Timberwolves rank third in second chance points per game (15.0) while the Lakers rank 20th (13.0).
- Los Angeles averages 47.5 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Minnesota ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (45.5).
- Los Angeles ranks 10th in assists allowed per game (23.8) while Minnesota ranks 25th (25.7).
- The Lakers average 19.1 fast break points per game, which ranks second in the league. The Timberwolves rank 22nd in fast break points allowed per game (14.4).
- The Lakers rank eighth in blocks per game (5.6) while the Timberwolves rank 23rd in blocks allowed per game (5.5).
- Los Angeles ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (30.8) while Minnesota ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (33.0).
- Minnesota ranks sixth in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.3) while Los Angeles ranks 25th (17.8).
- In games where they allow below 100 points, Los Angeles is 7-0 and Minnesota is 9-0.
- The Lakers are 24-18 when they reach the century mark, while the Timberwolves are 23-18.
- Los Angeles is 9-14-2 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 10-13 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone under in 17 of the Lakers’ 25 home games, while 12 of the Timberwolves’ 23 road games have gone under.
- In their last five games, Minnesota and Los Angeles have both had 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Lakers are 2-2-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Timberwolves are 2-3.
- During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 117.0 points per game (4.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 119.4 points per game (7.7 above their season average).
- The Timberwolves have been outscored by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Minnesota has defeated opponents by an average of 0.2 points.