Lakers vs Timberwolves: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – February 16, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers (21-7) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20) in a matchup of Pacific Division teams at Target Center, beginning at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The Timberwolves are 7.5-point underdogs in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The matchup has an over/under of 223.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of February 16, 2021, 7:07 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Lakers vs Timberwolves Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of February 16

Lakers:
Anthony Davis: Out (Achilles),
Alex Caruso: Day To Day (Hand),
Kostas Antetokounmpo: Out (Knee),
LeBron James: Day To Day (Ankle)

Timberwolves:
Jarrett Culver: Out (Left Ankle),
D’Angelo Russell: Out (Leg)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Lakers (-7.5)
Total Pick Under (223.5)
Prediction Lakers 115, Timberwolves 106

The DraftKings line for this game has the Lakers favored by 7.5, while the model predicts they’ll win by slightly more (9.5 points).

The DraftKings point total for this game is just 2.2 points highter than the model projection.

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Lakers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
LeBron James 28 25.5 8.0 7.9 1.1 0.5 2.6
Anthony Davis 23 22.5 8.4 3.0 1.4 1.8 0.7
Dennis Schroder 28 13.9 3.7 4.4 0.8 0.1 1.0
Montrezl Harrell 28 13.2 6.3 1.0 0.7 0.7 0.0
Kyle Kuzma 28 11.0 6.1 1.1 0.3 0.6 1.7

Lakers Player Props

  • LeBron James’ points prop total for the contest is set at 24.5, 1.0 point less than his season average of 25.5.
  • Anthony Davis’ PRA prop total for the contest is set at 35.5, 1.6 greater than his season average of 33.9.
  • James’ three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.1 shots lower than his season average of 2.6.
  • Davis’ blocks prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.3 blocks lower than his season average of 1.8.

Timberwolves Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Karl-Anthony Towns 7 21.6 11.3 3.6 0.9 2.1 2.1
Malik Beasley 27 20.9 5.1 2.6 0.8 0.2 3.4
D’Angelo Russell 20 19.3 2.6 5.1 1.1 0.5 3.0
Anthony Edwards 27 14.3 3.5 2.2 0.7 0.3 1.8
Naz Reid 25 12.4 4.9 1.3 0.6 1.2 1.0

Timberwolves Player Props

  • Karl-Anthony Towns’ rebounding prop over/under for the game is posted at 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 rebounds less than his season average of 11.3.
  • Ricky Rubio’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 20.5, 4.5 greater than his season average of 16.0.
  • Malik Beasley’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.9 shots less than his season average of 3.4.
  • Rubio’s steals prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.2 steals higher than his season average of 1.3.

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Lakers have a 48.5% shooting percentage from the field, which is one% higher than the 47.5% of shots the Timberwolves’ opponents have made.
  • Los Angeles has a 9-6 record against the spread and a 12-3 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 47.5% from the field.
  • Minnesota is 8-4-2 against the spread and 6-8 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 48.5% from the field.
  • The Timberwolves’ 44.2% shooting percentage from the field this season is 0.8 percentage points lower than the Lakers have given up to their opponents (45%).
  • This season, Minnesota has a 5-4-1 record against the spread and a 2-8 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 45% from the field.
  • Los Angeles is 7-3 against the spread and 10-0 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot over 44.2% from the field.
  • The Lakers are making 35.9% of their three-point shots this season, 1.4% lower than the 37.3% the Timberwolves allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Los Angeles has collected a 6-4 record against the spread and a 9-1 straight-up record in games this season when the team makes more than 37.3% of its three-point shots.
  • Minnesota has put up an 11-1 against the spread while going 6-6 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot higher than 35.9% from downtown.
  • The Timberwolves’ three-point shooting percentage this season (35.2%) is -0.9 percentage points lower than opponents of the Lakers are averaging (34.3%).
  • Minnesota is 9-4-2 ATS and 6-9 overall when the team hits more than 34.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles has a 9-6 ATS record and a 12-3 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 35.2% from three-point range.
  • The Lakers hit 10.9 three-pointers per game this season, 1.6 fewer made shots on average than the 12.5 per game the Timberwolves allow.
  • Minnesota has gone 12-4-2 against the spread and 7-11 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Los Angeles makes fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 4-10 ATS and 7-7 straight up.
  • The Lakers rank 26th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Timberwolves allow the fourth-fewest made threes in the league.

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Lakers vs Timberwolves Stat Rankings

Lakers Rank Lakers AVG Timberwolves AVG Timberwolves Rank
14th 112.9 Points Scored 108.2 25th
2nd 105.8 Points Allowed 115.7 26th
6th 45.7 Rebounds 43.3 23rd
19th 9.7 Off. Rebounds 10.8 9th
26th 10.9 3pt Made 12.5 17th
13th 25.1 Assists 24.6 19th
24th 14.4 Turnovers 13.6 15th

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