Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick – December 17

The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout December 17. Eight games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 16-13 to start out the season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Western Conference. The Lakers have won three games in a row and will look to remain hot in this one. Los Angeles is two games behind the fourth seed. The Lakers will look to come out fast on the road on Friday night.

The Timberwolves have put up a record of 13-15 to open up the season, which has them in ninth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota has won two games in a row and will look to extend that winning streak. The Timberwolves will look grab a pivotal win on Friday. Minnesota will look to earn a big home win in this one.

These two teams have been solid this season and are both sitting in the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has been the better team throughout this season and will look to earn a big win. Minnesota has also been on a nice winning streak. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Lakers +2 ½ (-110) +120 Over 222 ½ (-110)
Minnesota Timberwolves -2 ½ (-110) -140 Under 222 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves
Overall Record 16-13 13-15
Away/ Home Record 6-6 7-9
PPG 111.1 108.6
PPG Away/ Home 110.0 105.9
PAPG 111.2 109.3
PAPG Away/ Home 110.4 106.3

Betting Trends

Los Angeles Lakers

  • 12-17 ATS this season
  • 6-6 ATS in road games
  • 4-2 ATS in December
  • 2-5 ATS on Friday nights
  • 3-4 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 8-11 ATS against team with losing record

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 13-15 ATS this season
  • 6-10 ATS in home games
  • 3-4 ATS in December
  • 2-3 ATS on Friday nights
  • 1-2 ATS after a division game
  • 4-3 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 8-8 ATS against team with winning record

These two teams met up on November 12 in Los Angeles. Anthony Davis scored 22 points, while Russell Westbrook added 20 points. It was not enough for the Lakers though. Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 29 points. D’Angelo Russell finished with 22 points and 7 assists. The Timberwolves were able to earn a 107-83 win on the road.

Field Goal Shooting

The Lakers have been solid shooting the ball this season. Los Angeles has made 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 6th in the league. The Lakers have shot 35.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 13th in the NBA. Los Angeles has drained 73.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 28th in the league.

Minnesota has struggled shooting the ball on the season. The Timberwolves have been shooting 42.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. Minnesota has made 34.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 20th in the league. The Timberwolves have sunk 77.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 18th in the NBA.

Los Angeles has been much better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Lakers have held their opponents to a 44.5 percent from the field, which is 11th in the NBA. The Timberwolves have allowed opposing teams to shoot 44.9 percent from the field, which is 14th in the league. Both defenses will look to step up in this one.

Top Performers

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been strong shooting the ball this season. James has averaged 26.1 points and 6.9 assists per game. Davis is averaging 23.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Russell Westbrook has averaged 19.6 points, 8.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 13.4 points off the bench to round out the lineup.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards are the leaders for the Timberwolves this season. Towns is averaging 24.3 points and 9 rebounds per game. Edwards has averaged 22.1 points per game. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 18.8 points to round out the lineup. Malik Beasley has averaged 11 points per game to help round out this lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. Los Angeles is without Talen Horton-Tucker, who has averaged 11.3 points per game. Minnesota will look to take advantage without him in the lineup. If either team can have their bench step up in this one, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Minnesota knock off the Lakers earlier in the season, but I think that Los Angeles will come out faster in this one. The Lakers are better shooting the ball and I think they have the deeper lineup. If Los Angeles can grab an early lead in this one, I think they can earn the win.

BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives slight edge to the Timberwolves at home. I think that this line should be closer to even with Los Angeles being the better team. The Lakers have been stronger overall this season and I think they will bounce back after their last loss. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on Los Angeles.

The Bet
Los Angeles Lakers +2.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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