Timberwolves vs Clippers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/1/2020
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -6.5
Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers (33-15, 2nd in the Pacific Division) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-32, 5th in the Northwest Division) at Staples Center on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 224.
The Timberwolves are covering the spread 37.8% of the time, having gone 17-28-2 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 54.2% of the time, going 26-22-0 against the spread.
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/27/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is out indefinitely
01/27/20 SG Allen Crabbe Knee is questionable Monday vs Sacramento
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
01/30/20 SF Kawhi Leonard Back is questionable Saturday vs Minnesota
Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 26.9 points per game while playing 33.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 10.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Andrew Wiggins averages 22.9 points per game in 34.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.7 assists per contest and 5.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Lou Williams averages 19.7 points per game while playing 30.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per game and has 6.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 87%. Kawhi Leonard averages 27.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.6 rebounds per contest and 5.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 111.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 46.0 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 15.4 per game. The Timberwolves allow 115.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 21st and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.8 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 23.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 115.4 points per game this year. They are 15th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 5.8. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They are 2nd in the league in rebounding with 48.0 boards per game, and 19th in assists per contest with 23.6. The Clippers are 9th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Clippers surrender 109.6 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 23.4 assists allowed per contest and 17th with 45.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.7 per game.
The Timberwolves are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 110.6, and their offensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 16th. They are 7th in the NBA in pace with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 26th. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA. Minnesota is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 14th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 14th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 28th in the league. The Clippers are 6th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.6, and their defensive rating of 107 is ranked 7th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 102.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 17th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota +6.5
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