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Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves Game Preview and Prediction

The Western Conference foes will meet at the Target Center on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, hoping to extend their winning streak to six games. The Wolves, on the other hand, snapped their five-game losing run with a win over Memphis and now are looking to open the four-game home stint with a victory. Minnesota has been a better rival in the recent H2H duels as they won seven of the last nine meetings, while the current season series is tied at one. NBA: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 8:00 PM ET

Los Angeles Clippers beat the Knicks for the fifth straight victory

Los Angeles’ previous five-game winning run ended with a home defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers bit the Clippers responded with another five-game winning streak after they recently beat the New York Knicks on the road. The Clippers now improved to the 44-30 record and are currently sitting in the 5th position in the Western Conference with six wins behind the conference leaders Golden State Warriors and 11 wins ahead of their next opponents Minnesota Timberwolves. Los Angeles is with one foot in the playoffs and if they get a win here, they will secure one of the eight seeds in the West.

Lou Williams led the Clippers in a 124-113 win over the Knicks with 29 points, game-high seven assists, and a couple of steals off the bench; Danilo Gallinari followed him with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 24 points and four boards off the bench. Los Angeles controlled the situation from the start and although New York came close and even took a lead, Gallinari made a go-ahead triple with 4:12 to go to make it 106-104. Gallo then made a pair of free throws before Williams hit another three-pointer to push it to 111-104 with 3:02 remaining, and the Clippers pulled away and got a deserved victory.

Landry Shamet (left ankle impingement) did not return to Sunday’s game against the Knicks and is listed as out for the tilt with Minnesota, which means more playing time for Garrett Temple, SindariusThornwell, and Wilson Chandler.

The Clippers have the top 5 offense in the NBA that averages 114.7 points per contest (5th), while their defense is 23rd in the league as it allows 113.6 points per game. Los Angeles’ rebounding is average as they are recording 45.5 boards per game (14th), while they are worse when it comes to assists per contest with 23.5 dishes a night (21st). Los Angeles is 10th in field goal percentage as they have 46.8 percent from the floor and 2nd from downtown with 38.4 percentage, while they are 26th in the NBA with 9.8 three-pointers made per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves returned to the winning ways in Memphis

Minnesota was in a poor form of five consecutive defeats but they managed to bounce back and beat the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. The Timberwolves improved to the 33-40 record and are in the 10th place in the Western Conference with ten wins behind the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Utah Jazz, who are in the playoff picture at the moment. Minnesota will miss out on the upcoming postseason but will try to spoil the Clippers’ party on Tuesday.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves in a 112-99 win over the Grizzlies with a double-double of 33 points and game-high 23 rebounds; Andrew Wiggins added 22 points and four boards, while Josh Okogie ended the tilt with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Minnesota destroyed Memphis in the third quarter after they won the period by 17 points, but they have to thank KAT for an amazing display. Saturday’s effort was Towns’ sixth this season in which he’s accounted for at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game.

Derrick Rose underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow and is sidelined indefinitely, while Jeff Teague (foot), and Robert Covington (knee), will also miss the remainder of this season. Taj Gibson (calf) is set to miss his third straight game.

The Wolves have the 14th offense in the NBA that averages 112.4 points per contest, while their defense is 21st as it allows 113.4 points per game. Minnesota’s rebounding is average as they are recording 45.3 boards per game (15th), while they are not better when it comes to assists per contest with 24.5 dishes a night (16th). Minnesota is 17th in field goal percentage as they have 45.5 percent from the floor and 22nd from downtown with 34.8 percentage, while they are 24th in the NBA with 10.0 three-pointers made per game.

Trends:

Los Angeles:

  • 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on the road
  • 5-1 ATS in their last six vs. Western Conference rivals
  • 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on one day rest
  • 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win

Minnesota:

  • 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games playing on two days rest
  • 2-9 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
  • 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall

The Winner Prediction

Minnesota won seven out of the previous ten H2H encounters but Los Angeles won two of the last three, while the Wolves were victorious in the past four meetings at the Target Center. The road team is 20-8-1 ATS in the last 29 duels and the Clippers are 11-4-1 ATS in the previous 16 meetings in Minnesota, and considering Minnesota’s lack of depth at the moment and Los Angeles’ hot form, I am backing the visitors to get a win here. KAT and Wiggins will try to make the Clippers’ life miserable but there aren’t plenty of offensive options left beside two of them and Los Angeles has more individuals who can decide the game, and that’s why I am going with the visitors, who can be deadly from the distance.

The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -2.5 (-110)

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