The Minnesota Timberwolves (25-30) will be at home in the Target Center when they meet the Los Angeles Clippers (31-26). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – North.
Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Preview
The Clippers beat the Boston Celtics in their last outing, 123-112, despite being 11.5-point underdogs. With 19 points and 10 rebounds, Los Angeles’ Danilo Gallinari had a good game. The Clippers knocked down 31 of their 40 free throws (77.5 percent) and held the Celtics to an effective field goal percentage of 0.473 (below their season average of 0.537). The two teams combined to put up 235 points, which was over the O/U total of 228.5.
In the Timberwolves’ previous game, they were beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans, 122-117, but they were able to cover as 6-point underdogs. With 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Andrew Wiggins played well for Minnesota. New Orleans did a great job of making free throws (27-28; 96.4 percent). Minnesota, meanwhile, held the Pelicans to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.0 (below their season average of 24.5). The two squads collectively scored 239 points, which was over the projected point total of 230.5.
Minnesota could put on a ball-control clinic in this showdown. Minnesota ranks third in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.3 percent), while Los Angeles forces the first-fewest turnovers (11.8 percent).
Of Los Angeles’ 57 games, 29 have finished over the O/U total, while 29 of Minnesota’s 55 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Clippers have a sizable advantage. They are 31-26 SU and 31-26 ATS, while the Timberwolves are 25-30 SU and 27-28 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 229 points in that game, which was just under the projected point total of 233. The Clippers won 120-109, covering as 6-point favorites. Los Angeles had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.2 vs. 21.1). Minnesota, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (24-30; 80.0 percent). In the loss, Karl-Anthony Towns had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Clippers vs. Timberwolves Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
The Timberwolves average 5.3 blocks per game, which ranks 13th in the league. The Clippers rank 28th in blocks allowed per game (6.1).
Minnesota averages 48.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks 15th in the league. Los Angeles ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (50.6).
Minnesota ranks 15th in fast break points per game (12.4) while Los Angeles ranks 26th in fast break points allowed per game (15.0).
Los Angeles is 17-13 ATS on the road, while Minnesota is 14-13 ATS at home.
The Clippers have 17 unders and 13 overs in 30 road games.
In 27 home games, the Timberwolves have 15 overs and 12 unders.
In games where they allow under 100 points, Los Angeles is 6-1 and Minnesota is 10-0.
The Clippers are 31-18 when they reach 100 points, while the Timberwolves are 24-24.
The Timberwolves rank 23rd in three pointers attempted per game (28.9) while the Clippers rank last (24.8).
Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.5) while Los Angeles ranks 25th (8.4).
The Timberwolves average 15.7 second chance points per game, which ranks first in the league. The Clippers rank 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (14.2).
The Timberwolves rank 17th in rebounds per game (45.1) while the Clippers rank 23rd in rebounds allowed per game (45.9).
Minnesota ranks 12th in points off turnovers per game (17.5) while Los Angeles ranks 28th (14.6).
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five games, Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Timberwolves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.2, up from 0.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 109.2 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 113.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).