What both teams have in common lately are their unstable games. Also, both teams seem to struggle a lot this part of the season and both hardly manage to win. However, the Timberwolves might have a slight form advantage due to their last game win against the Magic and the ever improving team chemistry.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have shown a lot so far this season. We’ve seen both really good games and a few rather poor performances. As a result, they head into this game as 13th place at the western conference table. However, they are not that far behind and will surely be chasing consecutive wins in order to qualify for the playoffs. The new year has not started as the Timberwolves hoped and they lost an away game to the Celtics. They quickly improved and managed to win at home against the Magic and that sets them in the right state of mind before the Lakers game. The worst news for Minnesota is that they will have to play without their star player Derrick Rose due to ankle injury. Also, Rose has been victim of huge media criticism lately regarding the playoffs.
Minnesota Timberwolves Home NBA Form
|04.01.2019||WIN||Minnesota Timberwolves 120 – 103 Magic|
|28.12.2018||LOSS||Minnesota Timberwolves 120 – 123 Hawks|
|19.12.2018||LOSS||Minnesota Timberwolves 123 – 129 Pistons|
|17.12.2018||WIN||Minnesota Timberwolves 132 – 105 Kings|
|05.12.2018||WIN||Minnesota Timberwolves 121 – 104 Hornets|
The Los Angeles Lakers are still struggling without their star player LeBron James. They played five games without him and managed to win only one. The four losses out of the last five games put the Lakers in a pretty bad shape heading into this game. On top of that, they did not have a good experience when visiting the Timberwolves lately. They weren’t celebrating in any of the last 6 visits at the Target Center. They surely will push hard to improve on those statistics. The other reason why the Lakers need to push hard is their position at the western conference table. At the moment they occupy 8th place but lots of the teams below them are quickly catching up.
LA Lakers Away NBA Form
|27.12.2018||LOSS||Kings 117 – 116 LA Lakers|
|25.12.2018||WIN||Warriors 101 – 127 LA Lakers|
|18.12.2018||LOSS||Nets 115 – 110 LA Lakers|
|16.12.2018||LOSS||Wizards 128 – 110 LA Lakers|
|15.12.2018||WIN||Hornets 100 – 128 LA Lakers|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 10:00 GMT 06/01/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
It’s too bad that we are not going to see the best players from both teams. The Timberwolves will miss out on Derrick Rose and on Robert Covington as well. The Lakers will be without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers handicap is somewhat bigger considering the fact that Kuzma has been carrying the team in the absence of the king lately. In any case, the game should bring up some good performances. We can expect to see yet more great plays both from Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague on the Timberwolves side and from Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram on the Lakers side. It’s always good when other players are given a chance in the absence of the best players as that is their true chance to shine and prove themselves. In that fashion, the game should be interesting and relatively unpredictable. The Timberwolves are favorites to win this game and in addition, we probably wont see a high scoring game at the Target Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves to win by 7+ points @ 2.00 (evens) with 188BET.