Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 2.5 point favorites.
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The Clippers come into this game with an overall record of 38-25. They are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.0 as they are averaging 107.9 points per game while giving up 104.9 per contest. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 25-37. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 104.8 points per game and surrendering 105.1, good for a point differential of -0.3.
Blake Griffin comes into this contest averaging 22.1 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Clippers. He pulls down 8.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 76%. DeAndre Jordan averages 12.2 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 13.5 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 70% for the year while his free throw percentage is 48%.
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 24 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 12.3 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Andrew Wiggins averages 23.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 37.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.1 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Los Angeles averages 107.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.05 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 43.2 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 18th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 13.2 per game. The Clippers allow 104.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 22.8 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Minnesota averages 104.8 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.26 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 43.1 rebounds per game and 23.5 assists per contest which ranks them 20th and 9th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 11th with 14.4 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 40.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
The Clippers have an offensive rating of 111.5 and a defensive rating of 108.4. In terms of pace they average 96.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Los Angeles turns the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Timberwolves rating on offense is 110.1 and they have a defensive rating of 110.4. They get 94.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 32-31-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 33-28-2 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 29-33-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 31-30-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
02/05/17 PG Zach LaVine Ankle out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota +2.5
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