The Timberwolves will make a trip to LA to face the Clippers to wrap on the NBA Sunday slate. The game will tip off at 7:00 local time, making it a late night for the east-coast spectators. It has been yet another year to forget for Minnesota, nowhere near the playoff hunt. How many lottery players could they possibly want to have on their roster?! The wins just don’t come.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have both missed a lot of games this year, but that might not even be the reason for all the losses. Malik Beasley’s 12-game suspension and recent injuries are certainly relevant here. They didn’t make any deals at the deadline, meaning that they had no new guys to come and energize the team in the second half of what has been a pretty brutal season. At least #1 pick Anthony Edwards is an explosive scorer and can run up the score at times.
LA has been changing the lineup constantly, but besides Serge Ibaka, mostly everybody else is healthy. They don’t have Pat Bev for several weeks, but this has been the same story for a few years now with him. Nothing is expected of him in the regular season anyway, so when the postseason begins, he can get out there and begin making the impact that the team will need him to on defense. PG and Kawhi have been tremendous again, continuing to make winning plays every single night.
SPREAD: The Clippers are favored to win the game, the spread set at LAC -8.5
OVER/UNDER: The over/under is set at 234.5 points.
MONEYLINE: The TWolves Moneyline is +195, while LA’s is -375.
Wolves Seeking Rare Road Win
The Timberwolves have won just 15 games this year, and are hoping to possibly win the lottery again. What they have been doing cannot really be seen as tanking, because it is moreso that they lack the talent to win than they aren’t trying to do so. Chris Finch took over as the head coach after Ryan Saunders was fired, a bit of an odd move. Finch was working with Toronto, and then they brought him over to lead, rather than promote in-house.
Those types of decisions are rare, but they went ahead and did it. Hopefully, KAT can stay healthy and suit up the rest of the way, while DLo can grow comfortable enough to slide into the starting lineup. Aside from his All-Star season with Brooklyn in 2018-19, injuries have been the theme of his post-Lakers career. KAT is his best friend, and they won’t win when the two of them don’t share the court together.
Minnesota may have no answers for PG in this game.
Clippers Seek 40th Win
39-19 is a very good record, for any team really. Especially for a Clippers team that blew a 3-1 lead in the second round of last year’s playoffs and then changed coaches. You love to see it, though it is far too early to call it the Ty Lue effect. Good for the man that lead the Cavs to their first-ever title being able to get a second opportunity in the league.
At some point, the Clippers will regret paying Luke Kennard $64 million before he ever played for them, but probably not for another few years when they are struggling to afford free agents. They have also been without Serge Ibaka for 19 games now, the injury continuing to stretch. Ivica Zubac has filled in as the starter, and remains as the only member of the team that is yet to miss a game.
LA will be looking to their bench to make an impact in this one. Watch for Reggie Jackson to continue his strong play. He delivered in the clutch during the comeback over Detroit, making not only the tying basket, but the winner too.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers – How To Bet The Game:
SPREAD: Make sure to go LAC -8.5. Too much offense.
MONEYLINE: LAC -375. They won’t lose. Not to Minnesota. Not now.
OVER/UNDER: OVER 234.5. Defense? Minnesota has never heard of her.
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