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LA Clippers vs. Minnesota, 04/12/2012 20:00
Point Spread: -6½/-105 LA Clippers
NBA FREE PICK: Clippers -6.5
This may seem like a big number to lay on the Clippers at Minnesota tonight, especially after their huge win in Oklahoma City last night, where they rallied late to win 100-98. However, the Clippers are fighting to keep hold of the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference playoff race. They are just a .5-game ahead of the Grizzlies and are just 1.5-games behind the Lakers for the No. 3 spot. Making sure you get home court in the playoffs is a big deal, and this is a game the Clippers simply can't afford to lose.
The Timberwolves showed some great improvement this season, and weren't that far from the No. 8 spot before losing seven straight, which included a 107-113 loss at Denver last night. Minnesota has no reason to get excited to play and makings matters even worse, Kevin Love is expected to miss this game with a head injury.
I'll take my chances on a team that is fighting for playoff seeding over a team that just wants the season to be over pretty much every time, especially when the other team is missing one of the best players in the entire NBA.
The Clippers 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Minnesota is just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. BET THE CLIPPERS!