The Los Angeles Lakers (38-38) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (39-38) at Target Center, beginning at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, March 31, 2023. The Timberwolves are just 1.5-point underdogs in the game. A 232-point over/under has been set in the matchup.
How to bet Lakers vs. Timberwolves
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Lakers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Lakers have -126 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +107 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 232 points.
Lakers vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 31, 2023
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBA
- Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Arena: Target Center
Lakers vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends
In the Lakers’ 76 games this year, they have 37 wins against the spread. Los Angeles has been victorious in 15, or 60%, of the 25 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Lakers games this year have hit the over 48.1% of the time (37 out of 77 games with a set point total).
In the Timberwolves’ 77 games this year, they have 36 wins against the spread. Minnesota has been the underdog on the moneyline 42 total times this season. Minnesota has gone 21-21 in those games. Timberwolves games this year have gone over the total in 35 of 77 opportunities (45.5%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Lakers: Mohamed Bamba: Out (Ankle)
Timberwolves: Austin Rivers: Out (Illness), Jaylen Nowell: Out (Knee), Naz Reid: Out (Wrist)
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Lakers
On offense, Los Angeles is averaging 116.4 points per game (ninth-ranked in league). It is ceding 116.6 points per contest on defense (21st-ranked). The Lakers are averaging 116.6 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 0.4 more points than they’re averaging in away games (116.2). The Lakers have been racking up 115.1 points per game in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little lower than the 116.4 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
It’s been a difficult stretch for Los Angeles in terms of three-pointers, as it is recording only 10.6 made threes per game (third-worst in NBA) and is sinking just 34.2% of its attempted treys (fifth-worst). The Lakers are attempting 57.6 two-pointers per game this season, which account for 65% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 75% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 31.1 three-pointers per contest, which are 35% of their shots (and 25% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves
At 115.7 points scored per game and 115.9 points allowed, Minnesota is 12th in the NBA on offense and 18th on defense. The Timberwolves score 116.4 points per game at home, and 114.9 away. The Timberwolves are tallying 118.2 points per game in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 115.7.
Minnesota makes 12.1 3-pointers per game and shoots 36.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 15th and 16th, respectively, in the NBA. In 2022-23, the Timberwolves have attempted 61.9% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 38.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 71.9% of the Timberwolves’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 28.1% have been 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this matchup is the Timberwolves, and we expect that Timberwolves will cover the spread (Lakers -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 232 points.
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