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#581 Minnesota Timberwolves vs.
#582 Los Angeles Clippers
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10:05pm EDT
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by The Admiral

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Minnesota Timberwolves (15-42) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (39-19)

Two teams at opposite ends of the Western Conference standings will square off when the Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Minnesota is second from the bottom of the conference and is coming off a 119-111 victory over Miami on Friday. That was their third victory in the last 11 games. Los Angeles is third in the conference but fell on Friday night to Philadelphia, 106-103. That snapped a seven-game winning streak.

The Clippers have won the last two games between these teams, including a 119-112 victory back on February 10. Los Angeles is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings. Los Angeles is favored by 8.5-points.

Timberwolves Rally to Defeat Heat

Minnesota found themselves trailing by 11 coming out of the first quarter but rallied for a 119-111 victory over the Miami Heat. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 24 points, hitting eight of 14 shots. Seven players for Minnesota scored in double digits. Point guard Ricky Rubio scored 17 and Naz Reid came off the bench to add 16 points and seven rebounds.

Minnesota is averaging 110.3 points per game while allowing 118.0 points per contest, 28th overall. They are 29th in field-goal percentage at 44.1%, but third in field-goal attempts per game at 90.8 per contest. It is a similar situation in three-point shooting, as they are 24th in hitting three-pointers at 34.8% but are ninth in total three-point attempts per game at 36.6.

Of their top scores, only Malik Beasley (19.6 ppg) remains out for the Timberwolves. Towns is having a monster season, averaging 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell is third in scoring at 19.3 points per game and is averaging 4.9 assists per contest.

76ers Edge Clippers

Los Angeles rallied from 12 points down at the half to pull within three but could get no closer, as the Clippers fell to the 76ers, 106-103. Paul George had a huge evening, hitting 14 of 29 shots for 37 points and added nine rebounds and six assists. Patrick Patterson came off the bench to score 18 points.

Los Angeles is sixth in both points per game (114.8) and points allowed per contest (108.2). They are fourth in field-goal percentage at 48.5% and first in three-point shooting at 42.0%. The Clippers are the best free-throw shooting team as well at 83.8%.

The top scorer for Los Angeles is listed as questionable for this contest as Kawhi Leonard (26.0 ppg) is questionable with a foot injury. George is second on the team at 23.6 ppg, and is chipping in 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Serge Ibaka (10.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg) is also out for this game.

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This is a contest of two teams headed in opposite directions, but even more than that, the Clippers have been playing exceptional basketball of late. They have won 13 of their last 16 games and have been doing so in dominating fashion. In fact, of those 13 victories, 10 were by at least nine points.

Minnesota is putting in a great effort right now. This is a team that could be phoning it in right now, but they are battling it out, even defeating a very tough Miami Heat team and forcing Boston to overtime. However, they do not have enough firepower to beat this Clippers team and are not going to get lots of second and third opportunities as Los Angeles is a good rebounding team.

Prediction: Take Los Angeles and give up the points (-8.5) (-110)

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No total has been set for this contest. The Clippers have gone under in four straight games following a loss while Minnesota has gone under in six of their last seven on a Sunday. However, the Clippers have gone over in five of their last six games and have gone over in five of their last six games when facing a team with a losing record.

I look for a lot of points to be scored in this game, if the total is anywhere around 230 you should definitely be taken the over.

Take the Clippers to win, 128-105.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Admir Aljic , "The Admiral"

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