Lakers vs. Timberwolves odds, picks, predictions, props

Lakers vs. Timberwolves odds, picks, predictions, props

In the first game of a doubleheader on NBATV tonight, the Lakers continue their five-game road trip against the Timberwolves at 8 p.m. ET. This is the final meeting between these two squads as they battle for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. The T'Wolves lead the season series (2-0) after defeating the Lakers 110-102 at Arena earlier this month.

The Lakers (38-38) have won four out of their past five games, including an 11-point win over the Bulls on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis led the way with 38 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while LeBron James had 25 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Davis is listed as probable (right foot), and James is listed as questionable (right foot) for tonight's game. Despite their injury designations, we should expect them to play tonight in a must-win game. The Lakers are currently the ninth seed in the West but only a half-game behind the Timberwolves (No. 8 seed) and Pelicans (No. 7 seed).

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves (39-38) had their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night in a seven-point defeat to the Suns. Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 31 points and dished out six assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns produced 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. However, it wasn't enough in the end, as all five starters for Phoenix were in double figures. Minnesota is currently a game behind Golden State for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Can the Lakers avoid the season sweep tonight, or will the Timberwolves continue their move up the Western Conference standings? Below, we'll break down this marquee matchup while giving our prediction and best bets for basketball fans looking to win some cash.

Odds courtesy of BetMGM

The Lakers are looking to pick up another road win tonight, which has been one of their issues this season (17-20 away from Arena). However, since returning from the All-Star break, the Lakers have a 4-2 record and scoring 116.2 points per game. Defensively, Los Angeles is holding opponents to 113 points per game over that span.

That said, bettors might want to look at the Lakers' spread or moneyline tonight. Los Angeles is 3-2 against the spread as road favorites but 4-1 straight up on the moneyline this season. The Timberwolves have played well at home this season (21-17) but are 1-5 in their past six home games. Edwards (illness) and Towns (right calf) are both listed as probable for tonight's game, but both will likely play. It should be a fun game with a lot of scoring, but we like LeBron and Co. to win and improve their playoff standing.

Best Bet: Lakers ML

This isn't a great matchup for Russell as Minnesota allows the 10th-fewest assists per game (8.21) to the opposing PGs this season. However, we will take our chances with +125 odds, as the former Minnesota point guard has been handing out assists since returning from his injury ankle injury. The 27-year-old point guard is averaging 6.8 assists per game in his past eight games and has gone OVER 5.5 assists six times. He did not play in the last meeting between these two teams, but that should not deter bettors from not taking this prop. In his past eight contests, Russell is also averaging 11.7 potential assists per game, which is promising to see heading into tonight.

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