Two teams from the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association will play on the final day until the All Star Break. The Los Angeles Lakers will head north to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 35-25 on the season. Minnesota is fourth in the Western Conference, trialing San Antonio by just 1/2 game. The Timberwolves are coming off a loss to the Rockets in their last game.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 11th in the Western Conference, with a 23-32 record. The Lakers are 9-18 on the road this season, but have won 7 out of their last 10 games. In this game – the Minnesota Timberwolves are -10 over the Los Angeles Lakers in this Western Conference NBA battle on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Lakers despite their ups and downs this season are still in third place in the Pacific Division. The Lakers are behind both the Warriors and Clippers. Los Angeles is coming off a road loss in Dallas in their last game. That loss for the Lakers snapped a four game winning streak. The Lakers are 11th in the league, as they are scoring more than 107 points per game.
Isaiah Thomas has been added to the Lakers, and the point guard has come over to the Lakers and scored 22 points per game. The second highest scorer for Los Angeles is Brandon Ingram, with more than 16 per game. The Lakers have 8 guys on their roster averaging double digits per game. Los Angeles needs just 3 more wins this season to match their win total of a season ago.
Timberwolves Looking to Keep Home Court
Minnesota right now would host a first round playoff series at home. The Timberwolves are coming off a loss at home to the Rockets, which was their third loss in four games. The Timberwolves are still leading the Northwest Division; ahead of Oklahoma City. The Timberwolves are 6th in the NBA with 109.6 points per game. Defensively, Minnesota is looking to improve, as they are allowing nearly 107 points per game.
The top scorer for the Timberwolves is Jimmy Butler with more than 22 per game. The former big man from Kentucky – Karl Anthony Towns is leading the Timberwolves with more than 12 rebounds per game, while also scoring 20 points per game. The Timberwolves are also getting 17.7 points per game from Andrew Wiggins, and another 12.9 from their point guard Jeff Teague.
Timberwolves Smack Lakers
This should be a pretty interesting basketball game between these two Western Conference teams. Look for the Timberwolves to get their points, and get them in bunches. Both teams need to work on their defense, but the Timberwolves are a much better offensive team. When the dust clears for this game, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to win this game by double digits. Bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves -10 over the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA action on Thursday.