|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+1.5 (-110)
|O 223.5 (-110)
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-1.5 (-110)
|U 223.5 (-110)
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
The Timberwolves are an inconsistent but explosive team. While they bested the Lakers earlier in the season, Los Angeles should have the upper hand given the current form of their star trio.
Los Angeles Lakers def. Minnesota Timberwolves (+100)
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|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Chris Finch|
|16-13 (6th in West)||Standing||13-15 (9th in West)|
|107.4 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.2 (22nd of 30)|
|107.5 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.8 (14th of 30)|
|100.6 (2nd of 30)||Pace||99.3 (7th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (26.1)||PPG||K. Towns (24.3)|
|A. Davis (10.2)||RPG||K. Towns (9.0)|
|R. Westbrook (8.4)||APG||D. Russell (6.4)|
|L. James (1.8)||SPG||A. Edwards (1.6)|
|A. Davis (2.1)||BPG||K. Towns (1.1)|
|D. Jordan (.671)/L. James (9.9)||FG%/FGM||J. Vanderbilt (.561)/K. Towns (8.6)|
|C. Anthony (.413)/L. James (2.8)||3P%/3PM||K. Towns (.423)/A. Edwards ()|
|Trevor Ariza||Los Angeles Lakers||6 Oct 2021||Out (Ankle)||Ariza underwent right ankle surgery and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Kendrick Nunn||Los Angeles Lakers||6 Dec 2021||Out (Knee)||Nunn is not expected to return until the new year.|
|Dwight Howard||Los Angeles Lakers||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Howard has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Talen Horton-Tucker||Los Angeles Lakers||15 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Horton-Tucker has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
The difficult truth for the Los Angeles Lakers is that they’re not particularly strong outside of their three main stars. While on some nights they can create for their role players, on other nights those role players can’t meet expectations.
In their last game, a victory over the Mavericks, the Lakers gave up their hard-earned 10-point lead to open the game. Outside of Austin Reaves, the Lakers role players did little to support their All-Star trio.
Minnesota may not have the most exciting names on their bench, but they are young and willing to get out and push the pace. If the Lakers bench can’t contain their counterparts, it may be another long night.
AUSTIN REAVES WINS IT AT THE DEATH FOR LA pic.twitter.com/Ph9nZPNR1B
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 16, 2021
In a squad that boasts four guaranteed NBA Hall of Famers, it was rookie sharpshooter Austin Reaves who stole the show in the Lakers’ last game. While he is by no means the most important piece for the Lakers, he’s filled a valuable role for Frank Vogel as of late.
The Lakers are a team that crave shooting, due to the attacking abilities of its stars. Reaves has impressed in his last three games, converting on 7 of 11 three-point field goal attempts.
His game-winner against the Mavericks in his last game was brilliant. But it will be his consistency finding space and hitting open shots that will help even Los Angeles’ biggest stars succeed.
The Timberwolves are coming off of a solid victory over the Denver Nuggets. While their young stars stood out, there is a lot they need to clean up if they want to beat the Lakers.
The Timberwolves were excellent on offence against the Nuggets, but they won’t want to allow the same shooting against the Lakers. Minnesota allowed their opponents to shoot 45.2% from the field, while also allowing 14 three-pointers.
On the plus side, the Timberwolves did force 17 turnovers from their opponents in their last game. If they can pressure ball handlers and tighten up their three-point defence, Minnesota may be able to take their second victory over the Lakers this season.
10 three-pointers. The youngest player ever with 10 threes in a game. pic.twitter.com/BOIqWFx1OG
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 16, 2021
Anthony Edwards may not have won the Rookie of the Year Award last season, but he’s making up for it by having what many would consider to be an All-Star calibre sophomore campaign.
Edwards has improved in almost every major statistical category this season and is coming off of a victory over the Denver Nuggets where he scored 38 points with 10 made three-pointers.
Edwards will be the key factor in this matchup as his explosiveness on offence can open up the Lakers’ paint-dependent defence.
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|Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Location||Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, December 17th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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