Two of the top teams in the west fight for positioning in the conference standings when the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Los Angeles to play against the Clippers. Find our Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers prediction, matchup preview, betting picks, and full analysis below!
Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Clippers Prediction
The top of the Western Conference is a log jam, as there are four teams (Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Denver Nuggets) within one-half of a game of first place. Two of those teams (Timberwolves and Clippers) face off tonight in an important game to help their positioning, which will be the second meeting between them this season (Minnesota won by four points at home.)
“Great offense beats great defense.” In this case, that is the Los Angeles Clippers, who boast an offensive rating of 125.7 since January 1st. The Clippers are 9-1 in their past ten home games and have won 27 out of their 33 games overall. In that span, the Clips have shot roughly 51% from the field, 41% from behind the arc, and 84% from the charity stripe. Further, they are 14-11 against the spread at Crypto.com Arena. In the past three games, Los Angeles has the fifth-highest effective field goal percentage and sixth-highest three-point percentage.
Minnesota’s defense also takes a dip on the road, dropping from 105.1 at home to 114.3 on the road. The Timberwolves allow opponents to shoot over four percent better from the floor and just shy of five percent better from deep. They’ve been middle-of-the-road in three-point defense recently, too. We have to give a slight edge to the highly efficient Los Angeles Clippers and their elite offensive attack, especially given the fact they are at home, where they have gone 15-2 in their past 17 games with James Harden available.
Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers ML (-186)
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Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Clippers Best Odds
Los Angeles has a slight 4.5-point home advantage against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers have Moneyline odds of -192 to take over first place in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves (+160) can widen the gap with a massive road win against one of the hottest teams in the NBA. The point total rests around 224.5 points, with the Over holding a slight advantage (-112) over the Under (-108).
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup
Minnesota Timberwolves Vs. Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
Minnesota’s injury report ahead of its huge Western Conference matchup against the Clippers is quite thin, with Jaylen Clark (Achilles) listed as out and Jaden McDaniels (finger) set to be a game-time decision. If McDaniels can play, the T’Wolves will have everyone available that they have had this season, as Clark has missed the entirety of the 2023-24 campaign thus far. Meanwhile, Los Angeles doesn’t have anyone on its injury report, boasting a completely healthy lineup.