Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 10/28/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, October 28, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+7)
Target Center is the location where the Minnesota Timberwolves will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Minnesota opens this contest as 7-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 228.
The Lakers faced the Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 110-99 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Lakers left the arena with 16 and the Nuggets racked up 17 personal fouls. They also knocked down 9 of 34 tries from three-point range. Denver shot 81.0% when shooting free throws by burying 17 of 21 shots. Moreover, Denver pulled down 54 rebounds (9 offensive, 45 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Denver doled out 34 assists and had 12 steals for the game. Pertaining to the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 45.7% from the field on 42 out of 92 shooting. They also recorded 25 dimes for the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 8 steals. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned a total of 47 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Lakers made 11 of 16 attempts for a rate of 68.8%. Los Angeles ended the contest having earned a 44.4% field goal percentage (40 out of 90) and knocked down 8 of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Anthony Davis is one player who played a role in this game. Davis finished the contest at 57.9% from the floor and also earned 5 assists. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins played and also pulled down 14 rebounds. He scored 22 points on 11 out of 19 shooting.
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Los Angeles will play this game with a mark of 0-4 for the year. They turn it over 14.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 43.3 rebounds per contest and has totaled 97 dimes for the season, which is 21st in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Lakers are connecting on 22.3% on 3-point shots (33 of 148) and 78.2% from the free throw line. They average 102.3 pts per game (29th in basketball) while shooting 41.6% from the field.
On defense, the Lakers are forcing their opponents into 17.8 turnovers every game while drawing 21.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 15th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 102 conceded on the year. The Lakers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.4% (161 of 355) and they surrender 53.0 boards per game as a group. They give up 32.6% on shots from downtown and they are 11th in the league in points per game allowed (110.5).
In their last game, the Timberwolves went home victorious with a score of 134-122 when they played the Spurs. The Timberwolves corralled 30 defensive boards and 0 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in this contest. They gave up possession 16 times, while getting 9 steals in this game. The Spurs earned 18 personal fouls in the game which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 16 shots. They were able to convert 10 of them for a percentage of 62.5%. When talking about three-point attempts, Minnesota converted 20 out of 34 attempts (58.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves walked away from this one shooting 52 for 80 from the floor which had them shooting 65.0%. The Timberwolves allowed the Spurs to convert 43 out of their 95 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 45.3% for this contest. They shot 44.4% from beyond the perimeter by going 16 of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 20 of 22 from the free throw line (90.9%). In regard to rebounding, Minnesota permitted San Antonio to collect 41 in all (14 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards ended up being important for the Timberwolves for this game. He converted 12 out of 21 in this matchup giving him a rate of 57.1%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Edwards scored 34 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 9 assists for this game.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 3-2 for the year. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 19.4 personal fouls per game and they connect on 76.3% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 26.0 times per contest (11th in basketball) and they cough up possession 16.4 times per contest. Minnesota has 597 points for the year (119.4 per contest) and they grab 49.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Timberwolves are connecting on 49.2% from the field, which ranks 4th in basketball.
The Minnesota defense surrenders 34.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (71 of 209) and opponents are knocking down 74.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 31.2 assists and 48.8 total boards per game, which is 30th and 26th in the league. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 20th in the NBA in points given up per game with 116.6. They are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.5% from the field (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (-7)
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