Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers 11/13/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Matchup Preview (11/13/21)
The free-falling Minnesota Timberwolves (3-7) will take on the surging Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) in this Western Conference matchup. Minnesota has lost six straight games heading into its matchup tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. Karl Anthony-Towns warned about how the Timberwolves had historically hit these landslides, saying “it could go from three to 18 to 19, 20 real quick.” Despite an incredible effort against the Golden State Warriors from the second-year star Anthony Edwards, who scored a career-high 48 points, the Timberwolves still couldn’t beat the Golden State Warriors. Even with that massive performance, Minnesota still lost by 13 points, which does not exactly constitute a “barnburner.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers are on the complete flip side, having won six straight games, two of which were against the Minnesota Timberwolves by margins of 11 and 20 points. Despite being without Marcus Morris Sr and Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles has found its way, behind the leadership and offensive and defensive effort from Paul George. The Clippers have been playing terrific defense, even though they struggle at times offensively.
If Minnesota wants to win this game and avoid dropping the third game in a row to the Clippers, it will need to limit Paul George’s output on the offensive end. Reggie Jackson is their second-leading scorer, averaging 18 points per game; however, he only shoots 39.2% from the field, which is pretty horrendous. If the Timberwolves force him to shoot more, then the Clippers’ field goal percentage as a team will likely drop.
The Clippers can win by continuing to play elite defense. Los Angeles has limited teams to 102.8 points per game on 42% shooting from the field during their six-game win streak. Minnesota struggles on that end of the floor, especially ranking 25th in offensive efficiency and 27th in eFG% (effective field goal percentage).
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds
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These two teams could not be headed in opposite directions: the Clippers are on a roll while the Timberwolves are tumbling. It is tough to beat a team in three straight games, especially in such a short period of time; however, the Timberwolves are too big of a mess. They got a career night from Anthony Edwards, who scored 48 points and still lost to the Golden State Warriors by double-digits. While the Clippers may not be as good as the Warriors, they are still in the same stratosphere of talent, so you have to imagine it will be a similar outcome. The Clippers are playing too well defensively to lose to a team that struggles so much on the offensive end. If the Clippers are -6 or better, I like them against the spread.
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Time: 10:30 PM ET
Arena: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Channel: NBA League Pass
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Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
Minnesota Timberwolves Analysis
Minnesota started the season off well, winning three of its first four games. However, since that start, the Timberwolves have lost six straight and can’t seem to shake off this losing streak. Depth is clearly the issue with the Timberwolves as Karl Anthony-Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards can’t be responsible for everything. Edwards even just had an explosive 48-point game against the Golden State Warriors, who are the best team in the league this season, and the Timberwolves still lost. Minnesota ranks in the bottom ten in all important offensive team statistics, including points per game, offensive efficiency, and several other shooting statistics. The only redeeming statistic is that Minnesota ranks seventh in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage). However, it is hard to say whether that is because it defends the three-point line well or if the law of averages has not caught up to it there yet.
Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup
Los Angeles Clippers Analysis
Los Angeles has looked like a real threat in the Western Conference over its past six games. The Clippers have also beaten a few solid teams during that stretch, including the Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Miami Heat. Even without their best player, Kawhi Leonard, they look like a playoff-contending team. They have been the most impressive defensively, ranking seventh in opponent points per game, third in defensive efficiency, and fifth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage). Those rankings would increase substantially, too, if it weren’t for their lackluster 1-4 start to the season. To take the next step, Los Angeles will have to improve offensively, though. It has been very hot and cold on that end, and Paul George will not carry the team on his back throughout the whole season.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Daily Fantasy Picks
Anthony Edwards is fresh off a career night where he dropped 48 points on the Golden State Warriors, arguably the best team in the NBA right now. Edwards averages 25.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this season. While Edwards has struggled shooting at times, his elite athleticism and scoring prowess always make up for a weak shooting night from the perimeter. As the season continues, Edwards will continue to grow into an elite offensive threat in this league. He may be the only player I would consider playing from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a DFS lineup.
Since Marcus Morris has been injured for several games, Nicolas Batum has stepped up into a more consistent, starting role for the Clippers. Batum averages 11.5 points per game on the season; however, in his past six games, he has averaged 15 points. Batum has been heavily relied upon to knock down shots since the Clippers are without Marcus Morris and Kawhi Leonard, and this should continue until they are healthy. Batum is a great value play who can put up 20 points or more on any given night.