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#553 Minnesota Timberwolves 226 vs.
#554 Los Angeles Lakers -10.5
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 9:35pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Diamond Dave

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The NBA's best team, the Los Angeles Lakers, host the Minnesota Tiimberwolves Sunday night. The Lakers are 20-3 and have the best record in the NBA while the Timberwolves are 10-11. The Wolves took 3 out of 4 from the Lakers last year and have won 7 of the last 8. Tipoff is at 9:30 pm on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Timberwolves hit the skids

The Minnesota Timberwolves are muddling along with a 10-11 record. They've hit a rough patch here in December, losing their last three games. On Friday they lost a shootout at Oklahoma City 137-129. They played once again without Andrew Wiggins, who has been battling an injury. Wiggins is questionable for Sunday's game. Karl Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jeff Teague busted out with 32 points and 9 assists. Teague drained 5 threes.

Towns has been having a great year with 26 points and almost 12 rebounds per game. The Wolves have missed Wiggins 24.9 points per game. The Wolves average 114 points per game, which is 8th in the NBA. Their problem has been defense. They allow about 115 points per game which is 26th in the NBA. Their strength has been on the glass. They average 47.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 5th in the NBA.

Lakers win third straight on road

Everyone expected the Lakers to be good this year but who could have predicted that they'd get off to a 20-3 start. They have the best record in the NBA, along with the Bucks, and they are 3.5 games up on the team expected to be their chief rival, the Clippers. They won their last three games, all against good teams, all on the road. That's impressive.

They beat the Nuggets, the Jazz, and the Blazers on the road. On Friday they destroyed the Blazers 136-113. Anthony David had a monster game with 39 points and 9 rebounds. LeBron James tossed in 31 points with 7 rebounds and 8 assists. James made 4 threes. Kyle Kuzma added 15 points off the bench. The Lakers shot a scorching 54 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range. They out rebounded Portland 45-34.

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Take the Lakers in this one. The Lakers are coming off a road trip where they won three games over playoff caliber teams. Now they come home and face the Wiggins-less Wolves. The Wolves are the Wolves -- the definition of average. Towns has been putting up numbers like he always does, but he doesn't have much impact in the win column -- same with Wiggins. The Lakers are one of the best defensive teams in the league and that's how you win in the NBA -- defense. The Lakers will take care of business at home where they have only lost once this year. Take the Lakers to cover.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

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Take the under here. If the Timberwolves play without Wiggins, they will struggle scoring. Teague stepped up last game, but he is wildly inconsistent and he may have trouble shaking free from the Lakers perimeter defense. As for KAT, he's always a threat to score, but his impact will be mitigated by Davis, one of the best big defenders in the NBA. The Lakers have done what they have needed to do to win all year. They can play fast, but they like to play slow and win with defense and half court execution. That's what they'll do here, so take the under.

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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.