2019-12-09 GMT 02:30 at STAPLES CENTER

The NBA’s greatest crew, the Los Angeles Lakers, host the Minnesota Tiimberwolves Sunday evening. The Lakers are 20-Three and have the most effective report within the NBA whereas the Timberwolves are 10-11. The Wolves took Three out of Four from the Lakers final yr and have received 7 of the final 8. Tipoff is at 9:30 pm on Sunday on the Staples Heart in Los Angeles, California.

Timberwolves hit the skids

The Minnesota Timberwolves are muddling together with a 10-11 report. They’ve hit a tough patch right here in December, dropping their final three video games. On Friday they misplaced a shootout at Oklahoma Metropolis 137-129. They performed as soon as once more with out Andrew Wiggins, who has been battling an harm. Wiggins is questionable for Sunday’s sport. Karl Anthony Cities led the Wolves with 30 factors, 5 rebounds, and eight assists. Jeff Teague busted out with 32 factors and 9 assists. Teague drained 5 threes.

Cities has been having a terrific yr with 26 factors and virtually 12 rebounds per sport. The Wolves have missed Wiggins 24.9 factors per sport. The Wolves common 114 factors per sport, which is eighth within the NBA. Their drawback has been protection. They permit about 115 factors per sport which is 26th within the NBA. Their power has been on the glass. They common 47.7 rebounds per sport, which ranks fifth within the NBA.

Lakers win third straight on highway

Everybody anticipated the Lakers to be good this yr however who may have predicted that they’d get off to a 20-Three begin. They’ve the most effective report within the NBA, together with the Bucks, and they’re 3.5 video games up on the crew anticipated to be their chief rival, the Clippers. They received their final three video games, all in opposition to good groups, all on the highway. That is spectacular.

They beat the Nuggets, the Jazz, and the Blazers on the highway. On Friday they destroyed the Blazers 136-113. Anthony David had a monster sport with 39 factors and 9 rebounds. LeBron James tossed in 31 factors with 7 rebounds and eight assists. James made Four threes. Kyle Kuzma added 15 factors off the bench. The Lakers shot a scorching 54 p.c from the sector and 47 p.c from three-point vary. They out rebounded Portland 45-34.

Take the Lakers on this one. The Lakers are coming off a highway journey the place they received three video games over playoff caliber groups. Now they arrive house and face the Wiggins-less Wolves. The Wolves are the Wolves — the definition of common. Cities has been placing up numbers like he at all times does, however he would not have a lot affect within the win column — similar with Wiggins. The Lakers are the most effective defensive groups within the league and that is the way you win within the NBA — protection. The Lakers will handle enterprise at house the place they’ve solely misplaced as soon as this yr. Take the Lakers to cowl.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

Take the beneath right here. If the Timberwolves play with out Wiggins, they may wrestle scoring. Teague stepped up final sport, however he’s wildly inconsistent and he could have hassle shaking free from the Lakers perimeter protection. As for KAT, he is at all times a risk to attain, however his affect can be mitigated by Davis, the most effective massive defenders within the NBA. The Lakers have accomplished what they’ve wanted to do to win all yr. They’ll play quick, however they prefer to play sluggish and win with protection and half courtroom execution. That is what they will do right here, so take the beneath.

Prediction: Underneath

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