Minnesota Timberwolves @ L.A. Lakers Odds

Minnesota Timberwolves
LA Lakers
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Timberwolves @ Lakers Stats

Minnesota Timberwolves
L.A. Lakers
Minnesota TimberwolvesLLLLWLLLLW
2 wins / 0 draws / 8 defeats
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Milwaukee Bucks112-139
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ New York Knicks99-103
  • Toronto Raptors @ Minnesota Timberwolves86-81
  • L.A. Lakers @ Minnesota Timberwolves112-104
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Toronto Raptors116-112
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Charlotte Hornets114-120
  • L.A. Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves119-112
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Dallas Mavericks122-127
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Oklahoma City Thunder118-120
  • Minnesota Timberwolves @ Oklahoma City Thunder106-103
5 wins / 0 draws / 5 defeats
  • L.A. Lakers @ Utah Jazz89-114
  • Miami Heat @ L.A. Lakers96-94
  • Brooklyn Nets @ L.A. Lakers109-98
  • L.A. Lakers @ Minnesota Timberwolves112-104
  • L.A. Lakers @ Denver Nuggets105-122
  • Memphis Grizzlies @ L.A. Lakers105-115
  • Denver Nuggets @ L.A. Lakers93-114
  • L.A. Lakers @ Atlanta Hawks107-99
  • L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics96-95
  • L.A. Lakers @ Detroit Pistons92-107

Timberwolves @ Lakers — Regular Season

Wednesday night marks the second matchup of the regular season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. And while the latter took that game, which was a 124-120 nail-biter, we're betting on a different outcome this time around.

It's not necessarily that the Lakers are better than they were a little over a week ago. They're not. And this doesn't just have to do with them playing LeBron James. They'll have him ready to rock, but he's yet to miss a game this season, and still they're struggling to hit three-pointers and cobble together something better than a bottom-five defense.

This pick has more to do with Minnesota's Jimmy Butler saga. As he tries to force a trade from the team, the All-NBA wing has started to sit out games due to "general soreness," a ploy no doubt aimed at protecting his market value and hoping it expedites the Timberwolves' urgency to move him.

As of now, Butler is not sure whether he'll play, which explains the relatively modest line. Though we're not necessarily saying he'll sit, it does seem like he's entered an every-other-game maintenance program. And since he logged 39 minutes in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, it would stand to reason he'll miss Wednesday's dance with the Lakers.

That's cause for you to jump on Los Angeles at a -1. Minnesota hasn't been great with Butler on the floor to begin with, and the team is getting outscored by more than 10 points per 100 possessions when playing without him on the road. This, then, is a game the Lakers should dominate if he doesn't play. 

Better still, they have the potential to run away with a victory even if Butler is in the Timberwolves' lineup.

The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers (-1)

Championship Odds for Lakers and Timberwolves

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    Los Angeles Lakers (+1400)

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    Minnesota Timberwolves (+8000)

NBA Finals Odds Breakdown for Lakers and Timberwolves

The Timberwolves' NBA championship odds haven't moved much since the start of the season. They're currently at +8000, which is close to where they began the year. This game in Los Angeles won't have much of an impact on their standing. Oddsmakers are waiting to see whether they trade Butler before making any big-picture adjustments.

On the flip side, the Lakers' odds continue to fluctuate with every loss or victory. They enter this game with a +1400 line. Bettors really shouldn't be jumping on that number just yet. It paints the Lakers as a top-five contender, and their losing record, coupled with the relative dominance of the Golden State Warriors (-160), is proof they're not worth that status just yet.

More than anything, you want to use the Lakers' performance against the Timberwolves as a barometer for their direction. A convincing win should give you confidence in their home games moving forward. Another loss should have you thinking about staying on the sidelines for their future games.

As for the Lakers' championship odds specifically, try to hold out investing in them until they drop to a +2500 or better—and that's if you invest in them at all.