Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA play-in game. The winner gets to play the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the West playoffs as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers square off at Target Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Timberwolves didn’t end the regular season on a high note as they were defeated at home by the Chicago Bulls 124-120. It was their 2nd loss in 3 games and with a 1-3 SU record in regular season games against tonight’s opponents, there are reasons to be worried ahead of tonight’s game.
This team last made the postseason in 2018, so they are in a solid position to end that drought by winning 1 of the 2 play-in games. The last time they played the Clippers it ended in a 18-point road win for them. However, it’s hard to put much into that game as 2 of their 3 star players were rested with only Anthony Edwards playing and carrying the team offensively with 28 points. Timberwolves have covered just once in 7 games to end the season, they are 12-2 SU in their last 14 vs Western Conference teams though.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles ended the regular season in a completely different mood by winning their last game by 50 points at home against the tanking OKC Thunder. It was their 5th win in a row and during that stretch, they’ve beaten both finalists from last season’s playoffs, so optimism is very high among their ranks when it comes to making the postseason.
Paul George coming back was a huge confidence boost, but not only that, he is also giving them a solid 20+ points per game on really good efficiency. They’ve won both meetings played this season at Target Center by 11 and 20 points, don’t be surprised if something similar happens tonight. They’ve covered in 4 of 5 games and against the Timberwolves they have 6 wins in the last 7 meetings. Against Western conference opponents, this team is currently on a 5-game win streak.
One of the play-in games will have to be an upset win and I think that’ll be the Clippers. They’ve owned the Timberwolves in the regular season, plus as a team they have much better chemistry than Minnesota which relies way too much on their 3 star players. Take the Clippers and the extra points here.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Odds
We’ll see plenty of defence on display in tonight’s game. The last 3 meetings between these 2 teams averaged just 215 points per game and with so many talented individual defenders on each roster, I think we’ll see a similar outcome in tonight’s game. Paul George is an elite defender, not afraid of taking on any challenge.
He can definitely slow down the young and inexperienced Edwards here. And Minnesota also has an elite defender in Patrick Beverly who can stop either Reggie Jackson or Paul George on offence. Minnesota has gone under the total in more games than over this season at Target Center.
The Clippers are also just 17-23-1 on the O/U away from home, plus they also have the 8th best defensive efficiency in the NBA. Minnesota isn’t far behind in 13th, so I think we’ll why that is in tonight’s game. Back the under in this one.