Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, right, drives to the basket with the help of a pick from Timberwolves center Naz Reid against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)


Kyle Barrette

Feels good to cash our fifth straight, but you know what’s even better? You guessed it, the next one. Now I personally had action on the Lakers when they tried everything to get the Mavericks a win the other night and from watching that game a lot was learned about this Lakers team. LA has won three straight, can they make it four? Let’s break this game down and find out.

Right off the bat, this mismatch sticks out to me, as the Timberwolves have something a lot of other teams in the league don’t. No, it’s not depth or a big three, it’s health. Nobody on the injury report for Minnesota. I get it; we just saw two teams decimated by Covid pull off wins against playoff contending teams. I get it but it’s a different situation here. The Timberwolves have LA in such a bad spot right now. This Lakers team has traveled a lot this last week. They started in Oklahoma City, back to LA, out to Texas, and now up to Minnesota; in the middle of winter these guys just want to get back to LA. The Timberwolves finally got back on the winning track and head into this game on a two-game win streak with a good shot to make it three.

I’m sorry, I’ll call it what it is, laziness. That’s what stood out to me watching that Lakers and Mavs game. You have no movement when you have the ball, which leads to LeBron taking awkward off-balance jumpers from behind the arch and a ton of one and done possessions. Anthony Davis is either playing hurt or really just doesn’t care; his effort mainly on defense was nearly non-existent. Westbrook has entered the Covid protocol after the game with Dallas, so take another 23 points off the board and another all-star this fully healthy Timberwolves team doesn’t have to deal with. So, Westbrook is out and AD is hurt or doesn’t care, so that leaves LeBron who, and I’m not afraid to say, looks like he hates where this team is right now. This leads to what you had in Dallas: forced shots and empty possessions, but this time you’re facing a team with multiple guys that can score and not just one all-star trying to carry the team to fill the other returns.

Lakers vs Timberwolves the Pick: Timberwolves ML
The Lakers have been traveling all over the country this week and wind up on the road in Minnesota in the dead of winter. A disjointed team just lost another all-star to Covid. Little effort was given in Dallas, and even less will be given here. Take Minnesota’s Money Line.

Same Game Parlay
Minnesota Timberwolves ML, D’Angelo Russell First Basket, D’Angelo Russell Over 20.5 Pts, Lebron James to score 25+ Pts and Timberwolves Over 111.5 Team Pts.

SGP Odds +4778

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