Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/20/13
Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves lock horns with Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota while the road team is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Clippers on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
What happened to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in Washington? After scoring 63 points and taking total complete control of the first half against the Wizards, Minnesota looked like a different team after halftime as they were held to just 37 points in a 104-100 loss. While Kevin Love held his own with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin struggled all night long as he hit just four of his 17 shots en route to 11 points.
Am I going to overreact about one bad offensive half? I don't think so, because in the Timberwolves previous seven games, they had been averaging 113 points per contest. On the season, they are averaging 107.8, which is the third best mark in the league. Guess who is the top ranked offense in the NBA? That's right, the Los Angeles Clippers, who come into tonight's game off a rare loss after falling at home to the Memphis Grizzlies 106-102 on Monday night.
Other than their two-game Florida road trip, the Clippers have scored over 100 points in each contest this season and are averaging 109.3 on the season. As good as LA as been offensively, they have been equally as bad defensively as they have given up an average of 105.7 points per game, which is only better than the Philadelphia 76ers.
These two teams met in Los Angeles just last week and the total reached 216 points, so there is nothing suggesting anything should change this time around. While I'm not in love with this one like I was in the first meeting, I feel like it's a better alternative that taking a side, which looks like a coin flip to me...
Dan’s Pick: Over 213
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