The Los Angeles Clippers (37-32), 3-point underdogs, will travel to Target Center to square off with the Minnesota Timberwolves (40-31). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 227.5 points and it will air on Fox Sports – North at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last contest. The Timberwolves fell to the Houston Rockets, 129-120, while the Clippers were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-109.
Los Angeles had a turnover percentage of 7.3 (better than their season average of 12.8) while Minnesota had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9 (above their season average of 24.7). Minnesota rallied around Jeff Teague, who had 23 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. Montrezl Harrell, meanwhile played a key role for Los Angeles with 24 points and seven rebounds.
The offensive glass could be a huge advantage for Minnesota in this contest. The Timberwolves rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (24.8 percent), while Los Angeles ranks 27th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.1 percent).
Of the Clippers’ 69 games, 37 have finished over the projected point total. Los Angeles holds records of 37-32 straight up (SU) and 37-31-1 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas has a tendency to place the total low when the Timberwolves are involved, as 40 of their 69 games have finished over the total. Additionally, Minnesota owns records of 40-31 SU and 32-36-3 ATS.
Teague has been exceptional as of late for Minnesota, averaging 15.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals over the last five games.
The Timberwolves have won all three matchups against the Clippers this year. The two teams combined for 244 points in their most recent game, which was well over the projected point total of 219.5. Minnesota won 126-118, covering as a 2-point underdog. Minnesota made good use of their 39 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 33 of them (84.6 percent). Los Angeles, on the other hand, was just 15-22 (68.2 percent). Blake Griffin had a triple-double in the loss, with 32 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Free Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Timberwolves, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Over
- The Clippers rank 19th in three pointers attempted per game (28.0) while the Timberwolves rank last (22.2).
- Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.4) while Los Angeles ranks 26th (8.5).
- The Clippers rank third in points in the paint per game (51.2) while the Timberwolves rank 19th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.8).
- Los Angeles ranks 10th in fast break points per game (13.4) while Minnesota ranks 26th (9.5).
- Minnesota ranks sixth in points off turnovers per game (17.7) while Los Angeles ranks 19th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.1).
- The Timberwolves rank third in second chance points per game (14.0) while the Clippers rank 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
- The Timberwolves rank 11th in blocks allowed per game (4.7) while the Clippers rank 25th (5.4).
- Minnesota averages 22.7 assists per game, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in assists allowed per game (24.2).
- Minnesota ranks third in rebounds allowed per game (41.5) while Los Angeles ranks 21st (43.9).
- In games where they allow less than 100 points, Minnesota is 16-4 and Los Angeles is 11-2.
- When scoring over 100 points, the Timberwolves are 38-21 and the Clippers are 35-21.
- Minnesota is 17-17-1 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 21-12-1 ATS on the road.
- The Clippers have 17 overs and 17 unders in 34 road games.
- The Timberwolves have 20 overs, 14 unders and 1 push in 35 home games.
- The Timberwolves are 2-3 ATS over their last five games, while the Clippers are 1-4.
- In their last five games, Minnesota has 4 overs and 1 under, while Los Angeles has 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Timberwolves have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Minnesota has defeated opponents by an average of 2.2 points.
- During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 108.6 points per game (0.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 111.0 points per game (2.7 above their season average).