The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves played the Los Angeles Lakers, they fired their head coach after the game. The T-Wolves are hoping to extend their mini win streak and take down the Lakers again, only without any added drama this time around.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Minnesota finished off a home-and-home series with the Phoenix Suns and took care of business in both games. The T-Wolves are 6-3 straight up in their last nine games and 23-24 on the season.
The team isn’t playing as well on the road as it is on its home court. The Timberwolves are 14-10 against the spread in Minnesota and 10-13 ATS away from home. Minny is a road favourite for just the ninth time this season and the club is 4-4 ATS in its previous eight spots as away chalk.
The Over is 5-2 in Wolves games since Tom Thibodeau was fired as the team’s head coach. The Over is also 8-1 in Minnesota’s last nine away games. Thibodeau is known as a defence-first coach, although he never did achieve the same type of dominance in this area of the game during his time in Minny.
The Lakers are coming off a blowout loss on their home floor to the Golden State Warriors. LA is now just 5-9 SU and 6-7-1 ATS since LeBron James went down with a groin injury. The Purple and Gold are on the outside looking in on the Western Conference playoff picture and they’re just 20-26-2 against the number on the campaign.
Los Angeles is one of the best Under best in the Association with the club finished below the list total in 29 of its 48 games.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the story in Minnesota. The All-Star centre is averaging 25.3 points and 13.1 rebounds in 10 games this month. He’s clearly the cornerstone of the franchise now that former malcontent Jimmy Butler is playing hoops in a different city.
Andrew Wiggins continues to be the enigma on this team. The first overall draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft scored 40 points earlier this month in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but hasn’t topped 18 points in any of his six games since.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James is inching closer to returning to the lineup for Luke Walton but the four-time league MVP winner is considered doubtful to suit-up for Thursday’s game. The Lakers have gone from fourth to ninth in the West standing since LBJ succumbed to injury.
There is some good news for Laker supporters. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo could play for the first time since Christmas Day. Rondo would be a welcome addition to a starting unit missing point guard Lonzo Ball.