Lakers vs. Timberwolves Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, March 31, 2023

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Lakers vs. Timberwolves Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 31, 2023

NBA Predictions

Anthony Edwards’ Minnesota Timberwolves (39-38) will try to upset LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers when the Timberwolves play the Lakers on March 31, 2023. Los Angeles is a 2.5-point favorite against Minnesota. The over/under for the game is 232.5.

Lakers vs. Timberwolves Odds

  • Lakers odds to win: -132
  • Timberwolves odds to win: +112
  • Spread: Lakers (-2.5)
  • Total: 232.5

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Game Time and Information

  • When: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TV: NBA TV, BSN, and SportsNet LA

Who Will Win Lakers vs. Timberwolves?

Lakers and Timberwolves Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

When they have played as at least 2.5-point favorites this season, the Lakers are 11-12-1 against the spread.

In games this year in which they were an underdog by 2.5 points or more, the Timberwolves have a 21-14 record against the spread.

The two teams average a combined 0.4 fewer points per game (232.1) than this game’s over/under of 232.5 points.

Los Angeles and Minnesota have seen its opponents average a combined 232.5 points per game, which equals the point total set in this outing.

The Lakers’ average point total in outings this season is 233, 0.5 points higher than the total in this game.

The average point total for Minnesota this year is 0.9 points fewer than this game’s over/under.

Los Angeles is 37-36-3 against the spread this season.

So far this year, the Timberwolves have put together a 36-39-2 record against the spread.

Lakers Stats & Insights

The Lakers average 116.4 points per game (ninth in the league) while allowing 116.6 per contest (21st in the NBA). They have a -10 scoring differential overall.

The 45.4 rebounds per game the Lakers average rank sixth in the league. Their opponents grab 45.1 per outing.

Los Angeles connects on 10.6 three-pointers per game (28th in the league), 1.9 fewer than its opponents (12.5).

The Lakers’ 111.2 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 22nd in the NBA, and the 111.6 points they allow per 100 possessions rank 14th in the league.

During the 2022-23 campaign, the Lakers score 0.4 more points per home game on average than on the road (116.6 at home, 116.2 on the road), but are giving up 5.5 fewer points per home game compared to road games (113.9 at home, 119.4 on the road).

Timberwolves Stats & Insights

The Timberwolves score 115.7 points per game (12th in NBA) and allow 115.9 (18th in league) for a -19 scoring differential overall.

Minnesota averages 41.8 rebounds per game (23rd in league) while allowing 44.6 per contest to opponents. It is outrebounded by 2.8 boards per game.

The Timberwolves hit 12.1 three-pointers per game (15th in the league) at a 36.2% rate (16th in NBA), compared to the 12.5 their opponents make, shooting 37% from beyond the arc.

The Timberwolves average 111.2 points per 100 possessions on offense (22nd in league), and allow 111.2 points per 100 possessions (10th in NBA).

In 2022-23 Minnesota is scoring 1.5 more points per game at home (116.4) than away (114.9).

Lakers Key Players to Watch

The Lakers active scoring leader is James, who averages 29.2 per contest to go with 8.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

Anthony Davis adds 26.1 points, 2.6 assists and 12.4 rebounds per contest. D’Angelo Russell puts up 18 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds a game.

Malik Beasley leads active Lakers in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 2.9 shots per game from beyond the arc.

Jarred Vanderbilt picks up 1.1 takeaways per game, and Davis records two rejections per contest.

Timberwolves Key Players to Watch

Edwards tallies 24.5 points per game and also tacks on 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest.

This season, Rudy Gobert has a statline that includes 13.7 points, 1.2 assists and 11.7 rebounds per game.

Edwards hits 2.7 threes per game.

Edwards’ 1.6 steals and Gobert’s 1.4 blocks per game are important to the Timberwolves’ defensive production.

Lakers vs. Timberwolves Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Timberwolves (+ 2.5)
  • Pick OU:

    Under (232.5)

  • Prediction:
    Timberwolves 117 – Lakers 115

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