Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/17/2021 NBA Odds and Picks

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12-17-2021 NBA Odds and Picks

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/17/2021 – The Los Angeles Lakers are making a good run in the NBA Western Conference but they will be entering the next matchup shorthanded. This team is set to go on the road and challenge the Minnesota Timberwolves next at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota this coming Friday, December 17. Bally Sports is the official broadcast partner for this game and will be going live on television at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NBA League Pass subscribers can also enjoy the match through an online live stream. This is a tough matchup for the Los Angeles Lakers as NBA game odds see the Minnesota Timberwolves carrying the edge at home.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/17/2021

When: December 17, 2021 10:00 PM ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: Bally Sports North
Stream: NBA League Pass

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/17/2021 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Los Angeles Lakers +1.5 (-110) 224 o (-110) -116
Minnesota Timberwolves -1.5 (-110) 224 u (-110) -105
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Los Angeles Lakers Betting

The Los Angeles Lakers now one a 16-13 record and they are tied with the LA Clippers for the fifth-best record in the NBA Western Conference. The three-game winning streak helped as they now own a 1.5 game lead over the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets who are both at 14-14. However, Russell Westbrook contracted COVID-19 and is expected to miss a few games. Along with him are core players Malik Monk, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker. Isaiah Thomas is recalled to the G-League and he is set to join Lebron James, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony to hold the fort.

Players to watch: L. James SF 17 GP 17 GS 37.1 MIN 26.1 PTS 0.6 OR 5.3 DR 5.9 REB 6.9 AST 1.8 STL 0.9 BLK 3.6 TO 2.1 PF 1.9 AST/TO 23.91 PER

A. Davis PF 26 GP 26 GS 36 MIN 23.8 PTS 2.8 OR 7.4 DR 10.2 REB 3 AST 1.2 STL 2.1 BLK 2.2 TO 2.3 PF 1.4 AST/TO 24.50 PER

R. Westbrook PG 29 GP 29 GS 36.2 MIN 19.6 PTS 1.3 OR 6.5 DR 7.8 REB 8.4 AST 1.2 STL 0.2 BLK 4.6 TO 3 PF 1.8 AST/TO 16.60 PER.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting

The Minnesota Timberwolves found their winning rhythm once again since losing five consecutive matches. They are now on back-to-back wins and their record improved to 13-15 just one game behind the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks. Their last two matches were wins against the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets with both wins being road games. Anthony Edwards erupted with 38 points and made 10 triples against the Nuggets while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 32. DeAngelo Russell had an all-around game with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Players to Watch: K. Towns C 27 GP 27 GS 34.4 MIN 24.3 PTS 2.9 OR 6.1 DR 9 REB 3.3 AST 1.1 STL 1.1 BLK 3.5 TO 3.7 PF 1 AST/TO 23.62 PER

A. Edwards SF 28 GP 28 GS 35.9 MIN 22.1 PTS 1.2 OR 4.6 DR 5.8 REB 3.6 AST 1.6 STL 0.7 BLK 3.3 TO 2.3 PF 1.1 AST/TO 16.96 PER

D. Russell PG 23 GP 23 GS 32.8 MIN 18.8 PTS 0.5 OR 3.6 DR 4.1 REB 6.4 AST 0.9 STL 0.7 BLK 2.6 TO 2.1 PF 2.5 AST/TO 16.51 PER.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/17/2021 Betting Numbers

Trends

Los Angeles Lakers

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers’ last 5 games.
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Minnesota.
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Minnesota.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games on the road.
LA Lakers are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Lakers’ last 7 games this season.
LA Lakers are 4-16 ATS in their last 20 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
LA Lakers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Northwest Division division.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games.
Minnesota are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games against LA Lakers.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games at home.
Minnesota are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 7 games this season.
Minnesota are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
Timberwolves are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division division.
Minnesota are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games played in December.

Injuries

Los Angeles Lakers

Trevor Ariza SF Ankle is out indefinitely
Dwight Howard C Quarantine is OUT Friday vs Minnesota
Russell Westbrook PG COVID-19 is OUT Friday vs Minnesota
Avery Bradley SG Quarantine is OUT Friday vs Minnesota
Malik Monk SG Quarantine is OUT Friday vs Minnesota
Kendrick Nunn PG Knee is out indefinitely
Talen Horton-Tucker SF Quarantine is OUT Friday vs Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves

No Injuries

Head-to-Head
Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves
11-18-2 Against the Spread 13-15-0
14-14-1 Straight Up 14-14-0
111 Points per Game 109
111 Points Allowed per Game 109
46.51 Offensive FG% 42.72
73.29 Offensive FT% 77.07
35.77 Offensive 3PT% 34.12
44.5 Defensive FG% 44.85
73.64 Defensive FT% 77.94
33.7 Defensive 3PT% 33.75

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Picks

The Los Angeles Lakers still have their big three but with no support, the online sportsbook sees that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be the safer pick. Anthony Edwards is proving why he is the top pick last season and he hopes to ride the momentum from his 38-point outing against the Nuggets.

Moneyline: The Lakers, if they pull a victory on the road, are at an ML of -116 while the Timberwolves are -105.

ATS: It is just 1.5 points on the ATS for this game with the Lakers given the +1.5 while the Timberwolves are -1.5.

TOTALs: 224 points is the total for this matchup with the Lakers going over and the Timberwolves under.

Score Prediction: 107 – 105, Timberwolves