Clippers vs. Timberwolves Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Timberwolves are set as a 10.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is 217 points.
Los Angeles enters with an 8-12 overall record and 8-12 ATS after a 108-82 loss at the Mavericks. Minnesota is 13-10 overall and 10-11-2 ATS following a 111-107 loss at the Thunder. The Timberwolves won two of three meetings straight up and ATS last season. The under went 2-1.
The Clippers were led by Lou Williams with 18 points and six rebounds in the loss at Dallas. DeAndre Jordan accounted for 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots. Austin Rivers had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sindarius Thornwell added nine points off the bench. Los Angeles was outscored 59-38 in the first half.
In the loss at Oklahoma City, Minnesota was paced by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Andrew Wiggins registered 23 points and three rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 22 points, seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. The T-Wolves trailed 64-54 at halftime.
Los Angeles is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 meetings in Minnesota. The Timberwolves are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
No team has been more ravaged by injuries than the Clippers this season. After Blake Griffin went down for around two months with a knee injury, it left only Jordan intact in the starting lineup. Former starting point guard Chris Paul is probably thanking his lucky stars he was shipped out to Houston, although knowing his and LA's injury luck he'd also be hurt by now if he was still in town. Anyway, this is a road game against a strong Minnesota team looking to bounce back from a road setback. This smells like a blowout to me.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES -10.5