Clippers at Timberwolves - 3/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (39-21) at Minnesota Timberwolves (13-45)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSN
The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Monday at the Target Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won six of their last eight and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 17.9 points and 9.9 assists while Jamal Crawford is averaging 16.5 points and 2.6 assists. J.J. Redick is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 14.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing just 36.9 percent shooting in their last five games and 86 or less points in back-to-back games. As long as the Clippers continue to play elite level defense, they’ll be just fine until Blake Griffin returns to the court. Matt Barnes is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves play spoiler after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 105.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Kevin Martin is averaging 20.5 points and four rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is dishing 8.5 assists and Kevin Garnett is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored under 100 points in 12 of their last 21 games. The good news for the Timberwolves is that five of their last six wins have come at home. Nikola Pekovic is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Clippers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Clippers are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Hard not to take the Clippers in this spot with the way the Timberwolves have been playing. I'll take the road team and the reasonable chalk.