Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers odds, picks and predictions

The Minnesota Timberwolves (44-20) and Los Angeles Lakers (35-30) meet Sunday. Tip-off from Crypto.com Arean is at 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Timberwolves vs. Lakers odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

Season series: Timberwolves lead 2-0

The Timberwolves are on the 3rd game of a 6-game road trip. They have won 2 of their last 3 overall and split the 1st 2 outings on the road trip. They’re coming off a 113-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday as 1-point underdogs.

The Lakers have won 4 of their last 6 games. They’re 3-2 on their current 6-game homestand and have alternated wins and losses. Their last game was a 123-122 upset win over the Milwaukee Bucks as 4-point underdogs Friday behind 44 points and 9 three-pointers from G D’Angelo Russell.

Timberwolves at Lakers odds

Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Timberwolves -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Lakers -115 (bet $115 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Timberwolves +1.5 (-115) | Lakers -1.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 221.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Timberwolves at Lakers key injuries


  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) questionable
  • Monte Morris (hamstring) out
  • C Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) out


  • C Anthony Davis (shoulder) questionable
  • LeBron James (ankle) questionable
  • Christian Wood (knee) out

For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.

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Timberwolves at Lakers picks and predictions


Timberwolves 122, Lakers 113


Both previous meetings were wins by the Timberwolves in Minnesota, a 118-111 win Dec. 21 and a 108-106 victory Dec. 30.

The Lakers been very good at home this season. They are 22-11 at home but 3-2 during this homestand.

The Timberwolves are a good road team at 21-12 and have won 5 of their last 6 away games. Thursday’s loss snapped a 5-game road winning streak.

It took every one of Russell’s 44 points for the Lakers to beat the Bucks Thursday. James did not play and Davis’ shoulder was clearly an issue late in the game.

You can’t expect another performance like that from Russell, and the Timberwolves are 9-4 in their last 13 games.

The Timberwolves have not lost consecutive games on a road trip this season.


Against the spread

The Lakers covered the spread in both losses to the Wolves this season but were the underdogs.

Minnesota is 17-16 ATS on the road this season, compared to the Lakers’ 15-18 ATS home mark.

It has been 9 games since the Lakers covered the spread in consecutive games.

But since we already like the Wolves for the outright win, as they just do not lose consecutive games during road trips, those odds are slightly better than the -115 to cover the 1.5-point spread.



The last meeting between these teams had 229 total points.

The Lakers have allowed over 120 points in 4 of their last 5 games. Nine of their last 10 games have had totals higher than 221 points.

Only 3 of Minnesota’s last 10 games have surpassed the projection for Sunday, but 2 of the last 3 have.

BET OVER 221.5 (-110).

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