Timberwolves open as NBA underdog vs Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers host Minnesota on Wednesday, looking to build on their 8-6 mark against the 6-7 Timberwolves in NBA action at STAPLES Center.
The Timberwolves will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 7-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Clippers are 8-6 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Minnesota is 6-7 on the totals; Los Angeles is 8-6.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Clippers, currently No. 2 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Timberwolves, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 99-94 victory for the Clippers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 8-ranked offense (99.5 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 5 at 92.5 PPG. The Clippers have averaged 47.5% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (42.6% on average).
Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, giving up 94 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.
The Timberwolves were a 97-89 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (186) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kevin Love scored 23 points and added 24 rebounds for a double-double, leading Minnesota over Sacramento, 97-89, on Tuesday at Power Balance Pavilion.
In their last action, Los Angeles was a 105-98 loser at home against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (203) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Caron Butler chucked in 33 points for Los Angeles on Monday, but they still came up short in losing 105-98 at STAPLES Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 2-8
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a win are 2-8
Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Sacramento are 4-6
After playing New Orleans are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8
A few Timberwolves at Clippers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Minnesota's last 25 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 12 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
LA Clippers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of the LA Clippers last 25 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Clippers last 9 games at home
LA Clippers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota home to Milwaukee, Friday, November 30
LA Clippers home to Sacramento, Saturday, December 1