Los Angeles Lakers receives Minnesota Timberwolves at home. The visiting team comes from losing a crucial game to reach the playoffs, they do not want to lose again and they know that winning in Los Angeles is not easy. The home team does not have many options to reach the playoffs, mathematically they are out, but losing at home is not an option for the Lakers.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Dangerous team, they need to win.
For the Timberwolves the race for the playoffs is not over yet, they know they must win this last game as visitors, it’s the last for them on the road, but winning on the road has been a problem this season for them. Recently (thanks to our prediction) the Timberwolves lost against Denver Nuggets, it was a game where both teams had to win, but Denver had the best numbers, they were stronger and the Timberwolves could not win, 94-100 was the result of that game.
Winning in Los Angeles was possible this season, December 25, 2017 was the day the Timberwolves beat the Lakers at home (121-104), that day they completed a winning streak of 4 games (clippers, nuggets, suns, lakers ), and that was the only big winning streak they had on the road. Timberwolves has not won much on the road, 16 wins and 24 losses, and they know that this game against the Lakers has to be won no matter what.
On the road for the Timberwolves has not been anything special, and this is the last game as visitors, if they do not win this game they will have to win the last two at home against stronger teams (Grizzlies and Nuggets). Looking at the statistics of the Timberwolves on the road we have that the team is only scoring 107.5 points per game, 47.3% field goal, 21.20 assists and they have an excellent first throw percentage with 81.8%.
Lonzo Ball, the new star of the team, will not be available to play against the Timberwolves, the player is injured on par with Ingram who will not be on the list either to play tonight. This game is not necessary to win it, but it is not advisable to lose it, they do not have the chance to reach the playoffs, it is almost impossible.
The season is forgotten, the Los Angeles Lakers have only 52.6% of home wins (20 wins and 18 losses), they had a winning streak at home of 9 games but against minor teams in the league, the only remarkable thing about that winning streak was winning against Boston Celtics 108-107.
I don’t really care if the Lakers lose this game, I want to see competitive teams like the Timberwolves play in the playoffs, I have no doubt that despite the bad performance on the road for the Timberwolves, this game will be easy to win, and there is not much to say about the Lakers, Lonzo is not a very important change, but Ingram out of the list of players is a weak point for the home team.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves today on 6/3/2018 is: Take the Timberwolves -166 (money line bet)
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