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Timberwolves vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Tuesday, February 28th
- Betting Odds LAC -6, MIN +196 | LAC -240 O/U 233.5
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-32. So far, the team has gone 29-34-0 against the spread. Minnesota will take the court having lost 3 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -7.0 in these matchups.
Not only did the Timberwolves drop their last game to the Warriors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 109-104 as 2 point underdogs. Minnesota was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Warriors by 5 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Naz Reid, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 54.5% of his shots.
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 33-30, while going 31-31-1 vs the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Clippers are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -5.5 points per contest.
Los Angeles is trying to bounce back from a 134-124 loss to the Nuggets. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Los Angeles was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Nuggets by 10 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kawhi Leonard, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 63.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Clippers picked up the 99-88 win over the Timberwolves. The Clippers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 7.0 point favorite. So far, the two team’s have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. Last year, the Timberwolves saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Clippers, averaging 105.75 points per game. As for Minnesota, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 115.75 points per contest against the Clippers. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Minnesota has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 1 points per game separates the teams. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Minnesota offense is the 10th ranked unit in the NBA, at 115.5 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 12.0 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 15.2 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 Jaden McDaniels who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 63 games, Edwards is 24th in the NBA at 24.7 points per game. So far, him and McDaniels have accounted for 32% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaden McDaniels is grabbing 3.9 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 2.0 assists.
This season, the Los Angeles offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.7 points per game. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.8 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 13.5 turnovers per game.
Defensively, the Clippers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 108.39 points per contest (11th).
Shooting Guard Paul George currently leads the Clippers at 23.5 points per game. For the season, he is 28th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, George is averaging 6.1 boards and 5.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 29th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Norman Powell enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 52 games, he is averaging 17.0 and is 93rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Timberwolves vs Clippers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves +6
- Free Total Prediction: Over 233.5