Minnesota Timberwolves (4-6) at Los Angeles Clippers (5-4)
|Date & Time||Monday November 5, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 228
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers meet Monday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 114.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.3 points and 3.6 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Rose is dishing 4.7 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost all five road games this season.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 115.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 21.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.8 points and 1.6 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won each of their last three home games.
The Timberwolves are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 road games. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in LA, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 35-17-1 ATS in the last 53 meetings.
I've said it from the beginning of the season that I'm not looking to get behind the Minnesota Timberwolves given the black cloud that's over them, and they're not playing good basketball at all. Trading Jimmy Butler may help fix some of these issues, but either way, the Timberwolves look like a team that's not happy playing together. The Clippers are starting to heat up. I'll lay the buckets with the home team. Backing Minnesota isn't an option right now.