Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game. It’s the 4th and final meeting of the regular season between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers as they lock horns once again tonight at Target Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 16.03.2022 at 7:00 PM
- Location: Target Center, Minnesota
It was a dream game for Karl-Anthony Towns against San Antonio on Monday as he became the first center since Shaquille O’Neal to drop 60 points in a game as he led his Timberwolves to a 149-139 win over San Antonio.
That also set a new franchise record and an NBA season high by any player, until Kyrie Irving tied that last night. Still, KAT will be proud of himself as he often gets forgotten in the debate for best big men in the NBA. His Timberwolves are currently 7th in the standings and just 1.5 games back from Denver for the 6th spot and an automatic playoff berth.
I am liking their chances vs the Lakers tonight, they’ve beaten them in 8 of the last 9 meetings in Minnesota. Against Western Conference teams they are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are coming off another embarrassing home loss against the Toronto Raptors. Although the final score might indicate the game was close, it really wasn’t as LA fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter and the outcome was pretty much decided.
LeBron had another solid game with 30 points and 9 rebounds, he is just 75 points away from leaping over Karl Malone for 2nd place on the all-time scoring list. More importantly though the Lakers have one of the toughest schedules remaining in the NBA and with the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers being just 1.5 and 2.5 games behind, things could get tricky down the line and the Lakers might not even make the postseason.
They’ve won just 2 of their last 10 games and are currently on a 10-game road losing streak. Dwight Howard and LeBron James are both questionable for tonight’s game, I just can’t see the Lakers getting anything out of this one.
LA is just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs Western Conference opponents, while Minnesota is one of the hottest teams in the NBA with 12 wins in 14 home games. They’ve also gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 and with KAT scoring at will, I can definitely see them beating the Lakers by double digits. Back the home team.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
I think it’s fairly reasonable to expect a high scoring game considering these are the 3rd and 7th ranked teams in terms of pace this season. Minnesota averages 102.6 possessions per game while the Lakers are at 101.6 per game.
Defensively neither side has impressed this season, the Timberwolves are just 12th in defensive efficiency while the Lakers are 17th. Over their last 3 games the Lakers are giving up 121 points per game while the Timberwolves are at 120.3 per game.
The total has gone over in 7 of 7 for Minnesota against Pacific Division teams, while for the Lakers it’s landed in 5 of their last 7 overall and in 18 of 31 on the road this season. If Dwight Howard doesn’t play here, that leaves the Lakers very thin on the inside and if they opt to start James at the centre as they did in their last 2 games we could very well see another 240+ point game here. Minnesota has scored 130 or more in 2 of their last 4, both teams are focused a lot more on scoring than on defending so let’s back the over here.