There will be no love lost tonight as the Timberwolves (25-30, 17-10 home) host the Clippers (31-26, 16-14 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at Target Center.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they clashed on November 6th, 2018, Los Angeles won 120-109 behind 22 points from Danilo Gallinari.
The Timberwolves began the day as 4.5-point favorites for this contest, with a projected point total of 223. That’s a big point spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re thinking of letting it all ride on the Timberwolves. Los Angeles is 31-26-0 against the spread this season and 30-27-0 over/under. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 27-28-0 ATS and 29-26-0 over/under.
Los Angeles enters the game ranked 21st in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 113.6 points per game and are holding opponents to 46.0% from the field and 34.0% from deep. Offensively, they’re averaging 113.8 points and are 13th in rebounds and 23rd in assists.
On the flip side, Minnesota ranks 13th in offensive rating. The Timberwolves are averaging 111.4 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 18th in rebounds and 16th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 111.6 points per game and are 19th in field goals allowed and 29th in three-pointers allowed.
Both clubs have been busy lately. The Timberwolves are fresh off of a 122-117 loss vs the Pelicans in New Orleans in which they shot 9 for 21 from deep and won the war on the glass 52-48.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 123-112 win against the Celtics in Boston in which they handed out 28 assists and scratched and clawed their way to six steals. Montrezl Harrell torched the Celtics for 21 points.
Overall, the Clippers have won six of their last ten games and are eighth in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves have lost six of their previous ten and are 12th in the Western Conference.