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(14-28) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. L.A. Clippers (29-14)
Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: LAC -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday for a national TV showdown. Typically, the Clips would be heavy favorites, but L.A. is dealing with serious injuries at this time.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The Minnesota Timberwolves enter this contest in the midst of a two-game losing streak. Aftering winning three straight, they’ve recently fallen to the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs by a combined 19 points.
On the year, the ‘Wolves are averaging 103.1 points per game. That number is good enough for 19th in the league.
Defensively, this group is allowing opponents to score 104.4 points per contest. That number places them at 13th.
Against the Clippers, Minnesota needs to prepare for the unexpected. Specifically, it needs to be ready for X-factors at the point guard position.
Look for players like Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton to make a difference in this one, and look to how well the ‘Wolves defend them as an indicator of success.
The Clippers enter this game having won seven straight. They are scoring 108.2 points per contest, which is good enough for sixth in the league.
They’re also a top-10 team in terms of defense, allowing just 102.1 points per night.
And yet, none of that matters.
The Clippers are officially without Chris Paul after he underwent successful surgery on his left thumb. He’s going to be out 6-8 weeks.
Combine that with the fact that Blake Griffin is still sidelined and you have a team in desperate need of unexpected performances.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. L.A. Clippers NBA Prediction:
Both the Timberwolves and the Clippers have been excellent against the spread as of late.
But while the Clippers are the more talented team, it’s difficult to picture them winning a game without Paul and Griffin against a young, hungry ‘Wolves squad.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Minnesota ATS
Give this one to the road underdog, both straight up and against the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 101 – Clippers 96
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