Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (8-1) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday night in NBA action at the Target Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to build on their five-game winning streak and their 8-1 start overall. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 105.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 88.2 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 19.6 points and 10.1 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 19.3 points and 8.4 assists. J.J. Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Marreese Speights is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven of their last nine road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves need another victory in order to climb out of a slow 2-5 start to the season. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 105.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 24 points and two assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. Zach LaVine is the third double-digit scorer and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last eight home games.
The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Timberwolves are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Clippers are 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Timberwolves aren't playing like the possible playoff team some expected, and while it's still early, that is concerning. Meanwhile, the Clippers are playing as well as anybody and seem like they want to fight for the top seed in the West this season. The defense is elite level and the stars are making big buckets. Even with the Clippers playing Friday, you have to like LAC and the reasonable line. Minnesota hasn't shown consistency and is hard to like against one of the more talented teams in the league.