The Friday night late shift in the NBA brings us out west to STAPLES Center where the Los Angeles Lakers will play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers (7-5) have had a pretty good week, picking up consecutive nailbiting victories over the Hornets and Heat. Their 120-117 overtime win over Miami on Wednesday was fueled by double-double performances from both Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, as well as a 27-point output from Malik Monk.
The Timberwolves (3-7) have dropped six straight after a 3-1 start to the regular season. Their latest loss came in the form of a 123-110 loss at Golden State on Wednesday but the team did get a 48-point outburst from Anthony Edwards, a career-high for the 2020 No. 1 overall pick. He’s put up 27+ points in three of his last four outings and is starting to show promise in his sophomore campaign.
Los Angeles enters as a two-point favorite per DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 223.
Timberwolves vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Timberwolves +2
The Lakers are favorites at home but it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where the buzz surrounding the T-Wolves and Edwards’ 48-point game carries over into STAPLES Center on Friday night. They have to get off their losing streak at some point and this is a good spot to pick up a surprise victory.
Over/Under: Over 223
Both Lakers games have been tight, high-scoring affairs this week and with still no LeBron James in the lineup, that’ll continue tonight. Hit the over.
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