Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick – Play-In Round

The NBA is set up with another great slate of action on April 12. Two games are up on the board to kick off the play-in round of the playoffs. One of these matchups will be between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams will look to earn the seventh seed in the Western Conference. This game will tip off at around 9:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 42-40 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Western Conference. The Clippers finished the regular season on a five game winning streak. Los Angeles will look to build on that momentum in this one. I expect the Clippers to try and come out fast on the road in this one.

The Timberwolves finished the regular season with a record of 46-36, which has them in seventh place of the Western Conference. Minnesota is coming off a loss in their last game, but won three of their last five. The Timberwolves have struggled a bit as of late and will look to grab a big win. Minnesota will look to come out quickly at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Minnesota has been the better team on the season, but have struggled a bit more as of late. The Clippers have been on a roll as of late. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Clippers +3 (-110) +125 Over 230 ½ (-110)
Minnesota Timberwolves -3 (-110) -145 Under 230 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Los Angeles Clippers Minnesota Timberwolves
Overall Record 42-40 46-36
Away/ Home Record 17-24 26-15
PPG 108.4 115.9
PPG Away/ Home 107.0 113.4
PAPG 108.4 113.3
PAPG Away/ Home 109.4 108.4

Betting Trends

Los Angeles Clippers

  • 39-42 ATS this season
  • 19-20 ATS as an underdog
  • 20-20 ATS in road games
  • 4-1 ATS in April
  • 7-4 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 11-7 ATS against Northwest division
  • 10-11 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 10-9 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 4-1 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
  • 8-4 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 13-21 ATS against team with a winning record

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 45-37 ATS this season
  • 26-16 ATS as a favorite
  • 23-18 ATS in home games
  • 1-4 ATS in April
  • 4-6 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 10-8 ATS against Pacific division
  • 16-13 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 2-6 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite
  • 5-4 ATS after three or more straight home games
  • 24-18 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up four times on the season. Paul George put up 32 points in the first game as the Clippers earned a 126-115 win. George dropped 21 points and 10 rebounds in the second meeting as Los Angeles won 104-84. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points in the third matchup as the Clippers won 129-102. Anthony Edwards put up 28 points in the fourth game as the Timberwolves won 122-104.

Field Goal Shooting

The Clippers have been solid shooting the ball on the season. Los Angeles has made 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the league. The Clippers have shot 37.4 percent from deep, which is 3rd in the NBA. Los Angeles has drained 79.3 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 9th in the league this season.

Minnesota has been solid shooting the ball as well. The Timberwolves have been shooting 45.7 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. Minnesota has made 35.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 12th in the league. The Timberwolves have sunk 77.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the NBA.

These two teams have been solid shooting the ball this season, but Los Angeles has been better on defense. The Clippers have held their opponents to a 45 percent from the field, which is 6th in the league. The Timberwolves has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46 percent, which is 16th in the NBA this season and will look to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Paul George and Norman Powell will look to lead Los Angeles in this one. George is averaging 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Powell has averaged 21.4 points per game. Reggie Jackson is averaging 16.8 points, while Marcus Morris has averaged 15.4 points. Luke Kennard is averaging 11.9 points, while Terence Mann, Robert Covington and Ivica Zubac averaged 10 points.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have been the leaders for the Timberwolves. Towns has averaged 24.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Edwards is averaging 21.3 points per game. D’Angelo Russell has averaged 18.1 points and 7.1 assists per game. Malik Beasley is averaging 12.1 points per game to round out the lineup.

The Clippers have been led by their depth throughout this season, while Minnesota has been led by their stars. George and Powell are back in time for their playoffs and will look to step up early in this one. Minnesota will look to dominate early in this one. If either team can have their stars step up early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look to grab the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Minnesota has looked for their stars to step up early in this one, while the Clippers will look to remain hot. The Timberwolves have struggled a bit more as of late and with Los Angeles getting George back, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has the Timberwolves listed as a -145 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 59.2 percent of the time.. The loser of this game plays the winner of the other play-in game for the eighth seed. I expect a close game with Los Angeles getting a chance to win it. As underdogs, I like the value on the Clippers.

The Bet
Los Angeles Clippers
+125
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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