Another COVID-19 outbreak is hitting the sports world hard and the Los Angeles Lakers are just one of the many teams that are being impacted. Russell Westbrook entered health and safety protocols, but was cleared for Friday night's matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota has a healthy roster as of Friday afternoon and both teams are coming off of wins on Wednesday and are hoping to ride the momentum.
Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Minnesota is the 2.5-point favorite with the over-under at 222.5 in the latest Lakers vs. Timberwolves odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before entering any Timberwolves vs. Lakers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Lakers vs. Timberwolves spread: Timberwolves -2.5
- Lakers vs. Timberwolves over-under: 222.5 points
- Lakers vs. Timberwolves money line: Timberwolves -140, Lakers +120
What you need to know about the Timberwolves
While not quite a landslide, the matchup between the Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday was still a pretty decisive one as Minnesota wrapped it up with a 124-107 win on the road. Minnesota's success was spearheaded by the efforts of shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who shot 10-for-14 from beyond the arc and finished with 38 points and five rebounds, and center Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 32 points.
Edwards and Towns were both No. 1 overall picks (Edwards in 2020 and Towns in 2015) and they've combined with D'Angelo Russell to give Minnesota a pretty potent trio of scorers. But Minnesota has probably been most impressive because of its defense this season. The Timberwolves rank 13th in defensive rating (108.8) after ranking 28th in that category a season ago (115.0) and also rank first in the NBA in turnover percentage (15.1).
What you need to know about the Lakers
With Westbrook still in the lineup but without Talen Horton-Tucker and Dwight Howard because of COVID, the Lakers got a 107-104 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday. Rookie guard Austin Reaves knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime and went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the win while Westbrook had 23-10-9.
LeBron James had 24 points and five assists in the victory while Anthony Davis had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Those two superstars will obviously have to carry a heavy load, and Avery Bradley is also coming out of the lineup because of health and safety protocols.
How to make Timberwolves vs. Lakers picks
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