Clippers vs Timberwolves Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -6.5
Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (36-15, 2nd in the Pacific Division) are headed to Target Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-35, 5th in the Northwest Division). The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 222.
The Clippers are covering the spread 54.9% of the time, having gone 28-23-0 ATS. Minnesota is covering the spread 35.4% of the time, going 17-31-2 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
02/07/20 PF Marcus Morris Acquired is questionable Saturday vs Minnesota
02/06/20 PG Patrick Beverley Groin left last game, is questionable Saturday vs Minnesota
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/27/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is out indefinitely
Kawhi Leonard comes into this game averaging 27.0 points per contest while playing 32.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 5.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 89%. Paul George averages 22.7 points per contest in 30.0 minutes per game. He averages 4.0 assists per game and 6.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 91%.
D'Angelo Russell scores 23.6 points per contest while playing 32.1 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.7 rebounds per contest and has 6.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 79%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 10.8 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 115.5 points per contest, which is 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 14th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 48.2 boards per contest and 23.8 assists per game, which ranks them 2nd and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 9th with 15.1 per game. The Clippers allow 109.5 points per contest, which is 13th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 4th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.6 rebounds a game which ranks 16th, and they allow 23.5 assists per game which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 15th in the NBA with 111.6 points per contest this season. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -3.94. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 30th in the league. They are 11th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.7 boards per contest and 19th in assists per game with 23.4. The Timberwolves are 5th in turnovers per contest with 15.5. The Timberwolves give up 115.6 points per game, which ranks them 27th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 21st and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 8th with 23.4 dimes allowed per game and 29th with 47.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Timberwolves are 24th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per contest this year.
The Clippers are 7th in the league in defensive rating with 106.8, and their offensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 6th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 102.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 16th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 29th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 14th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.1, and their defensive rating of 110.9 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 7th in the league with 102.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 26th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Clippers/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota +6.5
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