Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/22/13
Minnesota Timberwolves (13-14) at Los Angeles Clippers (18-9)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers look to make it five straight wins tonight when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Clippers have been in fine form and will be looking for a fifth straight win tonight after cruising past the Nuggets at home last night. Jamal Crawford made six threes to lead the Clippers with 27 points, while Chris Paul added 10 points and 11 assists, but it was Blake Griffin who really had the biggest impact on the game with his 24 points, 16 rebounds and four assists. The Clippers were just the more focused team and you could see it from tipoff and they only grew in confidence once Matt Barnes made his return to the court which had the crowd excited for the rest of the game. With the win, LA improve to 19-9 on the season and 11-2 at home.
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On Friday, Kevin Love put in a usual stat-stuffing performance of 25 points, 13 rbeounds and three assists while Nikola Pekovic added 22 points and 13 rebounds, but the Wolves just couldn't match the intensity of the shorthanded Lakers who were without their three point guards and Kobe Bryant. Sure, the Lakers have dominated the Wolves in the past, but this was a prime opportunity to peg one back against the purple and gold but Minnesota got off to a slow start and could never make the key plays down the stretch to steal the win. Minnesota has now lost three of their last five overall to fall to 13-14 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, while the Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Wolves are only 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Los Angeles.
I really don't know what to make of the Wolves this season because you never know what you're going to get from them. On the other hand, we all know how good the Clippers can be once they get on a roll so I'm sticking with them to win and cover yet another game at home.