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Clippers vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds MIN -4.5, LAC +156 | MIN -190 O/U OFF
The Clippers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-19. So far, the team has gone 20-19-1 against the spread. The Clippers come into the game in the middle of a 4 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -12.0 points per contest.
Los Angeles is trying to bounce back from a 122-91 loss to the Nuggets. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 34 points going into halftime. In the loss, Norman Powell led the team in scoring with 13 points on a field goal percentage of 54.5%.
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 18-21, while going 16-23-0 vs the spread. Against the Clippers, the Timberwolves are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 10.0.
Minnesota is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Trail Blazers at home. With the 113-106 victory, they also covered the spread as 1 point underdogs. Minnesota went on to win the game, as they led by 7 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 42.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Clippers averaged 115.75 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Timberwolves actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Los Angeles, the team averaged 105.75 points per game. In terms of betting, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Minnesota. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +7 points per game in favor of the Clippers. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 209 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 40 games, the Clippers are averaging 109.0 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.5 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Los Angeles has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game.
Defensively, the Clippers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 108.39 points per contest (11th).
Small-Forward Paul George currently leads the Clippers at 23.7 points per game. For the season, he is 19th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, George is averaging 6.0 boards and 5.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 24th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Marcus Morris Sr. enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 13.2 and is 255th in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Timberwolves offensive unit is ranked just 13th in scoring at 114.6 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the Minnesota offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.3 turnovers per game.
On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Edwards is 22nd in the NBA at 24.2 points per game. So far, him and Russell have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, D’Angelo Russell is grabbing 3.2 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 6.5 assists.
Clippers vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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