Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 3/3/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 3/3/23
Fri 3rd March 2023

The Minnesota Timberwolves (32-32, 12-18 Away), one of the league’s top shooting teams, are on the road to face the Los Angeles Lakers (30-33, 15-14 Home) on Friday. Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 108-101 at Arena on Tuesday.

Jaden McDaniels had a standout performance with 20 points. The Timberwolves are eighth in the Western Conference. Los Angeles won on Wednesday at Paycom Center, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-117.

Dennis Schroder had 26 points to lead the team in scoring. With 19 points, Austin Reaves also produced a strong performance. The Lakers are 12th in the Western Conference.

The teams are meeting for the final time this season. After taking the only prior season meeting against Los Angeles 111-102 at Target Center in October 2022, Minnesota will be pursuing a season sweep. Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 29 points, while Rudy Gobert contributed 22 points and 21 rebounds.

LeBron James had 28 points and seven rebounds in defeat. The T’Wolves have been led this season by Edwards, who is averaging 24.6 points per game.

Meanwhile, Gobert is grabbing 11.5 rebounds per game, fourth-most in the league, and D’Angelo Russell is dishing 6.2 assists. James (29.5 ppg) has been the primary provider of the Lakers’ offense. He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the NBA.

James also has pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game. Russell Westbrook has doled out 7.5 assists per game. The Timberwolves are shooting 49.1% from the field, ranking as one of the NBA’s most accurate field goal shooting teams (4th).

The Lakers have had the advantage in the last 10 clashes between the teams at Arena, winning six. Minnesota is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -1.8 (116.5-118.3).

Los Angeles has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 117.3 points per game on average while holding opponents to 116.8 (+0.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Naz Reid: 23.4 | 16.7 | +6.7
Jaylen Nowell: 8.0 | 15.6 | -7.6
Points per game:
Rudy Gobert: 17.8 | 13.4 | +4.3
Jaylen Nowell: 5.0 | 10.9 | -5.9
Rebounds per game:
Kyle Anderson: 7.0 | 4.9 | +2.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
LeBron James: 20.0 | 29.5 | -9.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Minnesota Timberwolves (-115)

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