Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-8.5)
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (21-7) on Tuesday. Minnesota opens this game as 8.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 223.
The Los Angeles Lakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Denver Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 122-105 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the game with a 46.0% FG percentage (40 of 87) and converted 6 out of their 28 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Lakers converted 19 of 29 attempts for a percentage of 65.5%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 46 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 27 assists in the matchup in addition to getting 4 steals and 4 blocks. In relation to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 45.9% from the field on 39 out of 85 shooting. Denver distributed 28 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Nuggets grabbed 47 boards (9 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Denver finished the game shooting 73.5% from the free throw line by making 25 of their 34 shots. They also buried 19 of 47 shots from distance.
LeBron James is a guy who played a role in this game. He totaled 22 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He played for 30:56 minutes and grabbed 10 boards. James went 50.0% from the floor and dished out 9 assists. Someone else that came through in the game for the Lakers was Anthony Davis. He snagged 4 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 45.5% from the floor for the game by connecting on 5-of-11 (15 points). When all was said and done, Davis was on the court for 14:14 min.
Los Angeles enters this one with a record of 21-7 on the year. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 45.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 702 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 6th in the league in terms of passing. The Lakers are hitting 35.9% on shots from downtown (304 of 846) and 74.8% from the free throw line. They average 112.9 points per contest (13th in basketball) while hitting 48.5% from the field. Defensively, the Lakers are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 21.7 fouls. They give up 34.3% from 3-point land and they rank 3rd in the league in opponents points per game (105.8). The Lakers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 45.0% (406 of 608) and they relinquish 41.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 22nd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 693 conceded for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves went home victorious with a score of 116-112 when they played the Toronto Raptors. The Timberwolves pulled down 35 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for the contest. They blocked 8 tries while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Raptors had 22 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 73.7%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Minnesota converted 16 of their 39 attempts (41.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Timberwolves went 43 for 82 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.4%. The Timberwolves allowed the Raptors to make 38 out of their 91 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 41.8% in the matchup. They finished 30.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 10 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 31 at the charity stripe (83.9%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Minnesota allowed Toronto to grab 38 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Malik Beasley pitched in for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 13 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 53.8%, which got him 20 points. Beasley pulled down 3 rebounds in his 37:14 minutes of time on the court and had 6 assists in this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He ended up with 20 points in 33:27 mins on the hardwood via 8 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Towns ended the game having shot 72.7% from the field while also collecting 3 dimes and 11 boards.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 7-20 for the season. Minnesota has scored 2,922 pts this year (108.2 per game) and they pull in 43.3 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves have committed 21.6 fouls per contest while shooting 74.3% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.2% from the floor, which ranks 28th in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.6 times per contest (18th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per game. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 26th in the league in points allowed per game with 115.7. The Minnesota defense allows 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (310 of 830) and their opposition makes 78.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 25.8 assists and 47.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 25th and 25th in basketball. They have forced 15.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (24th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+8.5) and over 223 points
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