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

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 16, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

A game after he scored 34 points in an 114-112 win over the Trail Blazers, Anthony Edwards leads the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-30) on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers (25-13) as 9-point underdogs. The matchup, which airs on SportsNet LA, tips at 10:30 PM ET on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The matchup has an over/under of 225 points.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from William Hill sportsbook as of March 15, 2021, 4:25 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Lakers vs Timberwolves Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 16

Marc Gasol: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Anthony Davis: Out (Achilles),
Jared Dudley: Out (Knee),
Alex Caruso: Out (Concussion),
Kostas Antetokounmpo: Out (Health and Safety Protocols)

Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Jarrett Culver: Day To Day (Toe),
D’Angelo Russell: Out (Leg)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Lakers (-9)
Total Pick Under (225)
Prediction Lakers 118, Timberwolves 104

The William Hill line for this game has the Lakers favored by nine, while the model predicts they’ll win by considerably more (13.5 points). Put your money on the Lakers.

In this game, the model projects a total (221.6 points) slightly lower than the William Hill over/under (225 points).

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Lakers Key Players

LeBron James 37 25.6 7.9 7.8 1.1 0.6 2.4
Anthony Davis 23 22.5 8.4 3.0 1.4 1.8 0.7
Dennis Schroder 34 14.8 3.5 4.5 1.0 0.2 1.0
Montrezl Harrell 38 13.9 6.4 1.1 0.7 0.8 0.0
Kyle Kuzma 37 11.8 6.9 1.1 0.4 0.6 1.8

Timberwolves Key Players

Karl-Anthony Towns 19 21.8 10.5 4.0 0.8 1.7 1.8
D’Angelo Russell 20 19.3 2.6 5.1 1.1 0.5 3.0
Anthony Edwards 39 15.8 4.1 2.5 0.9 0.4 2.0
Naz Reid 37 11.8 4.7 1.2 0.6 1.2 0.9
Jaylen Nowell 25 10.3 2.2 1.3 0.5 0.2 1.5

Shooting Trends

  • The Lakers make 48.1% of their shots from the field this season, which is 0.5 percentage points higher than the Timberwolves have allowed to their opponents (47.6%).
  • Los Angeles is 11-8 against the spread and 13-6 overall when it shoots higher than 47.6% from the field.
  • Minnesota has a 10-7-1 record against the spread and a 7-11 record overall when allowing its opponents to knock down more than 48.1% of their shots from the field.
  • The Timberwolves’ 44.1% shooting percentage from the field this season is 1.1 percentage points lower than the Lakers have allowed to their opponents (45.2%).
  • This season, Minnesota has a 7-5-1 record against the spread and a 3-10 record overall in games the team collectively shoots above 45.2% from the field.
  • When Los Angeles’ opponents shoot above 44.1% from the field, it is 11-4 against the spread and 14-1 overall.
  • The Lakers are knocking down 35% of their three-point shots this season, 2.2% lower than the 37.2% the Timberwolves allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Los Angeles has put together an 8-4 record against the spread and a 10-2 straight-up record in games this season when the team knocks down more than 37.2% of its three-point attempts.
  • Minnesota is 12-4 against the spread and 7-9 overall when its opponents shoot better than 35% from deep.
  • The Timberwolves shoot 35.1% from three-point distance this season. That’s 0.3 percentage points lower than the Lakers have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (35.4%).
  • Minnesota is 10-7-1 against the spread and 5-13 overall when shooting above 35.4% as a team from three-point range.
  • Los Angeles has a 12-7 ATS record and a 15-4 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 35.1% from three-point distance.
  • The Lakers hit 10.7 three-pointers per game this season, two fewer makes per game than the Timberwolves allow (12.7).
  • Minnesota is 14-9-1 against the spread and 8-16 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Los Angeles is 7-13 ATS and 10-10 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Lakers are the 27th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Timberwolves allow the fifth-fewest makes from deep.

Lakers vs Timberwolves Stat Rankings

Lakers Rank Lakers AVG Timberwolves AVG Timberwolves Rank
21st 111.2 Points Scored 109.1 23rd
2nd 106.2 Points Allowed 116.8 28th
7th 45.3 Rebounds 43.6 17th
17th 9.8 Off. Rebounds 10.6 9th
27th 10.7 3pt Made 12.7 16th
17th 24.4 Assists 25.2 13th
25th 14.5 Turnovers 14 21st

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