The Minnesota Timberwolves will be the road side as they battle the LA Lakers in a Friday night NBA game set for national television on December 20th. The Timberwolves and Lakers will get things started from Staples Center in Los Angeles at 10:30PM Eastern Time with ESPN TV providing the coast to coast TV broadcast. Check the NBA basketball odds at Bovada sportsbook.
A check of the NBA wagering odds and we find the road side Minnesota Timberwolves favored by -6 points with an over under line set at 210 ½ points. Those who play on Minnesota on the money line will lay -250 odds with the return on the LA Lakers at +210 odds on the money line.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are just a 5-9 straight up road team this season. They don’t shoot well and allow a very high shooting percentage this season. The team hits on 42.6% from the floor and opposing teams make 47.3% shooting from the field. Minnesota also gives up 102 points per game which is 26th in the NBA in scoring defense. They don’t played well enough on defense to be this high of a favorite. They will be without Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf for significant amount of games and that impacts the depth of this club. The line in this game is inflated based on the Kobe Bryant injury for the Lakers and because of the Timberwolves victory against the Trailblazers. The win for Minnesota over Portland was greatly aided by the NBA schedule maker. Portland was closing out a long road trip. They were on a back to back spot and playing their fourth game in five nights. Heading into their game with the Timberwolves they were sent into overtime against Detroit and then played Cleveland down to the wire. Portland in that four game in five nights, did not have a breather as they were physically and mentally all out in those games that led for a letdown in that spot against Minnesota. Without Kobe the Lakers played hard and were good home underdogs. The Lakers old guys are hurt and the young guys are healthy. The young healthy guys play well in the D’Antoni system against this level of competition they are facing on Friday.
With our NBA Pro Basketball pick for Friday we will play on the LA Lakers +6 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves at best sportsbooks online.