Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/13/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5
Target Center is the site where Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-14, 4th in the Northwest Division) will play the Los Angeles Clippers (19-7, 2nd in the Pacific Division) on Friday. The odds on this contest have Los Angeles as 5 point favorites. The O/U opens at 228.5.
The Clippers cover 57.7% of the time, having gone 15-11-0 ATS. Minnesota is covering the spread 39.1% of the time, going 9-14-1 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
12/11/2019 Rodney McGruder SG Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 JaMychal Green PF Back Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Derrick Walton PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Landry Shamet SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Patrick Beverley PG Concussion Game Time Decision
12/6/2019 Amir Coffey SG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/11/2019 Keita Bates-Diop SF Illness Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/10/2019 Jake Layman SF Toe Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
Kawhi Leonard averages 24.9 points per game in 31.2 minutes per contest. He averages 5.3 assists per contest and 7.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%. Lou Williams comes into this contest averaging 19.9 points per game while playing 31.0 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 24.6 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 73%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 25.9 points per game while playing 33.8 minutes per contest. He grabs 11.7 rebounds per game and has 4.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Clippers allow 107.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 3rd and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.8 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league. Los Angeles averages 115.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 7.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 49.2 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 16.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves surrender 117.8 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 24th in those defensive statistics. They rank 19th with 24.6 assists allowed per contest, and 27th with 46.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game. Minnesota is 7th in the league with 114.6 points per game this year. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -3.2. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 27th in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 46.7 boards per game and 22nd in assists per contest with 23.2. The Timberwolves are 14th in turnovers per game with 15.4.
The Clippers are 7th in the league in defensive rating with 104.2, and their offensive rating of 111.2 is ranked 7th. They are 7th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 18th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 19th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 12th in the NBA. The Timberwolves are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 112.5, and their offensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 22nd. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 24th. As a unit they are 19th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Clippers/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles -5
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