The Los Angeles Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first leg of a back-to-back on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Lakers have their first back-to-back of the season on Sunday night as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves before taking on the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
This is also the second leg of a traveling back-to-back for the Timberwolves, who defeated the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. The Timberwolves are a perfect 2-0 on the season while the Lakers are 1-1.
Anthony Davis is not going to play in this game as he is monitoring a calf contusion. It does not appear to be a serious injury in the slightest and is simply the team being as cautious as possible with their star big man.
Karl-Anthony Towns also suffered a minor wrist injury on Saturday, although he appears to be on track to play. That could change.
Normally, Daniel Preciado and I give our picks both against the spread and for the game’s point total on the Lake Show Life Podcast. However, the podcast has been put on hold for a bit, so we instead decided to bring them to you in article form.
According to the Action Network, the Lakers enter Sunday’s game as nine-point favorites with the point total at 229 points. So far on the season, I have only been able to correctly guess one aspect of the first two games with a 1-3 record. Daniel, meanwhile, is 2-2 on the season.
Daniel and I agree on this game and our final score predictions are rather close, so perhaps that is a sign of what people should bet in this game. Or maybe we are both going to be wrong, which is probably more likely.
I am taking the Lakers -9 and the under with a final score prediction of 118-107. I think Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder will pick up their scoring with AD out and the biggest difference will be Kyle Kuzma, who will have one of his random great games.
I genuinely think that LeBron James could be the third or fourth-leading scorer in this game. He won’t play much as it is the first leg of a back-to-back, I predict LeBron to go 22-12-8.
Daniel is also taking Lakers -9 and the under with a final score of 119-108. He originally was leaning towards a closer game, but Minnesota’s poor defense swung him to join me on the side of picking Lakers -9.
What do you have in tonight’s game? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below!