Minnesota Timberwolves (15-42) at Los Angeles Clippers (39-19)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center on Sunday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in rough shape as they’ve lost 11 of their last 16 games but they will be looking to build some momentum after upsetting the Heat in a 119-111 home win on Friday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 24 points and five assists, Ricky Rubio added 17 points, Naz Reid scored 16 points while Juan Hernangomez chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 51 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they poured in 35 points in the second quarter to erase an early 11-point deficit, before holding the Heat to just 18 points in the fourth quarter to pull away and win comfortably in the end.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in red-hot form as they’ve won 13 of their past 16 games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their seven-game win streak stopped by the 76ers in a 106-103 road loss on Friday. Paul George led the team with 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists on 14 of 29 shooting, Marcus Morris added 15 points while Patrick Patterson chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Clippers shot just 45 percent from the field and 19 of 39 from the 3-point line as they worked hard to come back from a 17-point deficit, only to fall just short in the end as the 76ers escaped on free throws.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Sunday games. The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 38-15 ATS in their last 53 games following a loss and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in Los Angeles and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings overall.
Kawhi Leonard is listed as questionable for Sunday while Serge Ibaka has been ruled out, so the Clippers could be a little shorthanded here which cost them against the 76ers back on Friday. The Timberwolves are coming into this one in poor form, but they will be looking to get something following their comeback win over the Heat in their last outing. Leonard would obviously be a big loss for the Clippers, but I think they still have more than enough to blow past the Timberwolves in this spot.