Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-6-2018 - Expert Prediction

Brenda Watkins
April 8, 2018

The odds of that mark becoming 4-0 at the most important time of the season just got a lot better with Butler's return to action. Butler could make the difference in Los Angeles.

Since losing their All-Star shooting guard to a torn meniscus late February, Minnesota has struggled to confidently closeout their first postseason appearance in 14 years. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 42 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line but they were awful on the defensive end as they allowed the Jazz to shoot a season-high 60 percent from the field.

Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, the road team is 37-13-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings and the Timberwolves are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Denver.

"We've just got to get tougher".

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler expects to play in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported. The Timberwolves have three games left, including a matchup with Denver in their final game Wednesday.

There is no doubt having the tenacity of a guy like Butler back on the court will help Minnesota.

numberFire's models project Butler to score 15.7 points with 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists, totaling 28.3 FanDuel points in 25.1 minutes. They won their only other game against the Lakers at Staples Center this season, a 121-104 victory on Christmas.

Butler is not only going to play against the Lakers, but it shouldn't be a surprise he's going to start.

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