Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Picks Against the Spread 1/24/2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, January 24, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 1.5 point favorites.
The Timberwolves have a record of 23-24. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 0.2 as they average 111.8 points per game while giving up 111.6 per contest. The Lakers have an overall mark of 25-23. They currently are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They total 112.3 points per contest and give up 111.8, which is a point differential of 0.6.
Valuable Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 23-23-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 25-21-0 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 20-26-2 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 19-29-0 against the over/under
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/23/19 PG Jeff Teague Illness is questionable Thursday vs LA Lakers
01/16/19 PG Tyus Jones Ankle is out indefinitely
01/03/19 SF Robert Covington Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/26/18 SF LeBron James Groin is out indefinitely
01/22/19 PG Rajon Rondo Finger is upgraded to probable Thursday vs Minnesota
01/20/19 PG Lonzo Ball Ankle is out indefinitely
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 17.5 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 71%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 22.5 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.0 assists per contest and 12.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Brandon Ingram averages 16.4 points per game while playing 32.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. Kyle Kuzma averages 19.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.0 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 111.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 44.9 rebounds per game and 24.5 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 12.7 per game. The Timberwolves allow 111.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.5 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 25.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 11th in the league with 112.3 points per game this year. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 0.6. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 28th in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 47.5 boards per game, and 15th in assists per contest with 24.4. The Lakers are 4th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Lakers surrender 111.8 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 23.8 assists allowed per contest and 26th with 47.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers were 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.7 per game last season.
The Timberwolves are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.3, and their defensive rating of 111.1 is ranked 18th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 100 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 24th in the league. Minnesota is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league.
Los Angeles is 7th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 29th in the league. The Lakers are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.5, and their defensive rating of 107.9 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 12th. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Lakers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota -1.5
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