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Apr 11, 2022

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions, Picks, Odds

The NBA’s postseason festivities will resume Tuesday night with a Western Conference showdown between the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Coverage begins from Target Center in Minneapolis at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Score Prediction

Clippers 114, Timberwolves 107

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Clippers +3 (-110) at DraftKings

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions

After finishing 13th in the West with a record of 23-49 SU last year, Minnesota briefly sustained that same lethargic pace with another lackluster start to this season, as the Timberwolves opened with a disappointing 11-15 SU skid – while scoring just 107.7 OPPG across that span.

The Wolves have played excellent since mid-December though, considering Minnesota enters the Play-In Tournament riding an impressive 35-20 SU and 31-22-2 ATS run – while generating 119.6 OPPG and allowing 117.1 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, the Clippers posted a surprisingly strong start despite the absence of five-time All-Pro Kawhi Leonard, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a sturdy 16-15 SU run – with ten of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

However, Los Angeles was incredibly inconsistent during Paul George’s extensive absence, considering the Clippers closed out the regular-season with a relatively pedestrian 25-25 SU and 26-24 ATS skid – while scoring just 109.8 OPPG and surrendering 110.9 DPPG across that window.

I’ll back L. A. here, as the Clippers are 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS since the return of George, while tallying 125.5 OPPG and allowing just 112.7 DPPG during that span – likely presenting an uphill battle for a Wolves’ squad that’s surrendering 122.7 DPPG across their latest 4-5 SU, 2-7 ATS skid.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Northwest
  • Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Venue: Target Center
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • TV-Time: TNT - 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Clippers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 42-40
  • ATS: 41-41
  • O/U: 38-41-3

Most bettors steered away from the Clippers after Kawhi’s devastating injury last postseason, but to the majority’s surprise they still played well without him, considering the Clippers quickly handled business against Utah for the remainder of the second round, and subsequently went toe-to-toe with Phoenix for the length of a six-game Western Conference Finals’ set despite the absence of their primary scoring option.

However, L. A.’s offense struggled miserably during PG’s three-month absence, considering the Clippers closed out the season with an exhausting 25-25 SU skid – while scoring 110 PTS or less in 23 of those contests (109.8 OPPG).

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Analysis

  • SU: 46-36
  • ATS: 42-38-2
  • O/U: 50-32

After last year’s lackluster 23-49 SU showing, Minnesota briefly kept that same ball rolling with another frustrating to this season, as the Timberwolves kicked things off with a frustrating 11-15 SU and ATS skid – with nine of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.

However, Minnesota has admirably flipped the script since December, considering the Wolves enter the Play-In Tournament riding a sturdy 35-20 SU and 31-22-2 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 23 of those matchups.

The Wolves are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Head-to-Head

The Clippers swept a three-game regular-season set against Minnesota last year, with their first and third matchups staying just under the total at an average of 227 PPG, while their second meeting cruised over with a score of 119-112 (O 225). However, the Clippers went 3-1 SU against Minnesota this season, with three of those matchups soaring over the total at an average of 232.7 PPG – while one affair stayed well under with a score of 104-84 (U 215).

Key Players to Watch

  • LAC: Paul George - SF (24.3 PPG, 6.9 REB, 5.7 AST)
  • LAC: Marcus Morris - PF (15.4 PPG, 4.4 REB, 2.1 AST)
  • MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns - C (24.6 PPG, 9.8 REB, 3.6 AST)
  • MIN: Anthony Edwards - SG (21.5 PPG, 4.8 REB, 3.9 AST)

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Conclusion

After extending their win streak to five games with a victory over the Thunder on the final day of the regular season, the Clippers hit the road for Tuesday’s contest as short underdogs against the Wolves at Target Center – marking the only time L. A. has been an underdog against Minnesota this season.

I’ll back L. A. here, as Minnesota closed out the regular season with a frustrating 4-5 SU and 2-7 ATS skid, while scoring just 118.9 OPPG and surrendering 122.7 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for an unfavorable matchup against a Clippers squad that’s averaging 125.5 OPPG across their 5-1 SU run since George’s return.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends

  • The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Wolves are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last five games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five straight Wolves' games.
  • The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups against Minnesota.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last six matchups between the Clippers and Wolves.
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