Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-47) at Los Angeles Clippers (40-23)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Minnesota Timberwolve at Staples Center tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Warriors by 106-98 last night at Golden State. Chris Paul had 14 points and 11 assists, JJ Redick added 18 points while Austin Rivers added 22 points, but while the Clippers' plans to double team Stephen Curry held him to just 12 points, it allowed the rest of the Warriors to make plays and the Clippers got burned regularly, particularly by Draymond Green and Klay Thompson who combined for 43 points. In fact, the Clippers actually fell behind by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter before a late rally kept the final score respectable. With the loss, LA falls to 40-23 and in real danger of dropping to as low as seventh in the Western standings if they lose their next couple of games.
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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves are currently dead last in the Western Conference, but that hasn't stopped them from competing as they are coming off a major upset of a win, beating the Trailblazers by 121-113 on Saturday. Kevin Martin led the team with 29 points while Ricky Rubio added 13 points and 15 assists, but the real surprise came from Gary Neal who exploded for 27 points on eight of 11 shooting in just 21 minutes off the bench. Despite the win, Minnesota is still only 14-47 on the season and they've won just three of their last 10 overall.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a win, while the Clippers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Wolves are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles and the road team is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
The Clippers have already beaten the Wolves twice this season, including a 110-105 win just a week ago, but I'm thinking the Wolves might just be able to pull off the upset here, or at least make this game competitive.