The Los Angeles Clippers (8-14) will be 5.5-point underdogs at home in Staples Center when they go head-to-head against the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-11). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 214 points and it can be seen on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds
The Timberwolves lost a close one to the Memphis Grizzlies in their last matchup, 95-92. Jimmy Butler had a solid game for Minnesota, leading both teams in scoring with 30 points on 11-for-21 shooting. Memphis did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (21-24; 87.5 percent). Minnesota, on the other hand, forced the Grizzlies into a turnover percentage of 16.2 (above their season average of 13.1).
The last time the Clippers played it was against the Timberwolves. The two teams combined for 218 points in that game, which was just over the projected point total of 214. The Timberwolves won 112-106, covering as 12-point underdogs. The Timberwolves’ 6.4 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Clippers, who had a mark of 16.2. Butler scored a game-high 33 points.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams face off. Los Angeles ranks 21st in possessions per game (98.6) and Minnesota is 24th (98.0). Furthermore, the Timberwolves rank fifth in offensive efficiency (109.4), while the Clippers rank 25th in defensive efficiency (108.6).
Games featuring the Timberwolves have gone over the projected point total 48.0 percent of the time. Minnesota comes into the contest with records of 14-11 straight up (SU) and 10-13-2 against the spread (ATS).
Games involving the Clippers have no tendency in regards to the projected point total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Additionally, Los Angeles is 8-14 SU and 9-13 ATS.
The Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 23.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Meanwhile, Lou Williams has averaged 23.6 points, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals during that same time frame for the Clippers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Timberwolves, O/U – Over
The Timberwolves average 18.3 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. The Clippers rank 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.9).
Minnesota ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Los Angeles ranks 27th (8.8).
The Timberwolves rank second in rebounds allowed per game (40.8) while the Clippers rank 18th (43.6).
Los Angeles ranks 15th in three pointers attempted per game (29.5) while Minnesota ranks 28th (22.9).
Los Angeles ranks 16th in blocks per game (4.5) while Minnesota ranks 26th (3.4).
The Timberwolves average 14.5 second chance points per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Clippers rank 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (13.3).
The Timberwolves rank 16th in assists per game (22.6) while the Clippers rank 28th (20.3).
Los Angeles averages 9.5 fast break points per game, which ranks 18th in the league. Minnesota ranks 27th in fast break points allowed per game (13.7).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in points allowed in the paint per game (40.9) while Minnesota ranks 22nd (45.8).
Minnesota is 7-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Los Angeles is 5-1.
When scoring above 100 points, the Clippers are 7-10 and the Timberwolves are 13-6.
Los Angeles is 4-6 ATS at home, while Minnesota is 6-6-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 7 of the Timberwolves’ 13 road games, while 5 of the Clippers’ 10 home games have gone over.
In their last five games, Minnesota and Los Angeles are both 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Timberwolves’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, up from 0.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 102.4 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 111.2 points per game (3.7 above their season average).
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