The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-10) will be at home in Target Center when they go head-to-head against the Los Angeles Clippers (8-13). Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – North.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ATS Preview
In the Clippers last game, they lost big to the Dallas Mavericks, 108-82. Los Angeles DeAndre Jordan recorded 14 points and 17 rebounds in the game. Dallas had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7 (above their season average of 17.9). Los Angeles, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (9.4 vs. 14.2).
The Timberwolves are hoping for a better outcome after their 111-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last contest. With 22 points and seven assists, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler put together a good performance. Oklahoma City had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.4 (above their season average of 25.1). Minnesota, meanwhile, forced the Thunder into a turnover percentage of 16.9 (above their season average of 12.9).
Minnesota could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. The Timberwolves currently rank fifth in offensive efficiency, while Los Angeles ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency.
Of Los Angeles 20 games that accepted bets, 10 have finished under the O/U total, while 11 of Minnesota’s 23 games have finished over the projected point total. The Timberwolves come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 13-10 SU and 10-11-2 ATS, while the Clippers are 8-13 SU and 8-12 ATS.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Clippers, it’s been Lou Williams, who has averaged 21.6 points, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals, while the Timberwolves have gotten great contributions from Butler (21.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Timberwolves won two out of three matchups played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Minnesota won 107-91. The Timberwolves dominated every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0 and a free throw rate of 0.209. The Clippers were 21.7 and 0.145, respectively, for those same stats.
Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
- The Clippers rank fifth in points allowed in the paint per game (40.8) while the Timberwolves rank 19th (46.6).
- Minnesota ranks 10th in points off turnovers per game (18.7) while Los Angeles ranks 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.1).
- Minnesota ranks third in rebounds allowed per game (40.9) while Los Angeles ranks 17th (43.7).
- Los Angeles ranks 20th in blocks per game (4.4) while Minnesota ranks 26th (3.6).
- Los Angeles is 4-6 ATS on the road with 6 unders and 4 overs.
- At home, Minnesota is 4-6-1 ATS with 6 unders, 4 overs and 1 push.
- Los Angeles is 5-1 when they allow less than 100 points, while Minnesota is 7-1.
- The Timberwolves are 12-6 when they score above 100 points, while the Clippers are 7-9.
- The Clippers rank 16th in three pointers attempted per game (29.3) while the Timberwolves rank 29th (23.0).
- Minnesota ranks fifth in steals allowed per game (7.1) while Los Angeles ranks 23rd (8.8).
- The Timberwolves rank fourth in second chance points per game (14.6) while the Clippers rank 19th in second chance points allowed per game (12.9).
- The Clippers rank 16th in fast break points per game (9.8) while the Timberwolves rank 27th in fast break points allowed per game (13.7).
- Minnesota ranks 13th in assists per game (22.9) while Los Angeles ranks 28th (20.2).
- Minnesota is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Timberwolves’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, up from 0.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 104.4 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 109.4 points per game (2.2 above their season average).