Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/14/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves faced off with the Trail Blazers and ended up losing by a score of 133-112 in their last game. In relation to personal fouls, the Timberwolves ended up finishing with 19 while the Trail Blazers had 21 personal fouls. They also converted 21 of their 46 attempts from 3-point range. Portland finished 76.2% from the charity stripe by converting 16 of their 21 attempts. In addition, Portland snagged 54 rebounds (11 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Portland recorded 32 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Concerning the defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 53.9% from the floor on 48 out of 89 shooting. They also distributed 25 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 37 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. At the charity stripe, the Timberwolves converted 10 of 19 shots for a percentage of 52.6%. Minnesota walked away from the game with a 49.5% FG percentage (46 out of 93) and buried 10 out of their 27 three-point shots.
D'Angelo Russell is one guy who had an impact for the contest. Russell finished the contest at 47.4% from the field and earned 8 assists. He saw the court for 30 mins and collected 3 boards. He totaled 23 points on 9 out of 19 shooting.
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Minnesota enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 13-14 so far this year. They have an average of 115.3 points per contest (9th in the league) while hitting 48.7% from the field. The Timberwolves are connecting on 33.4% on shots from 3-point land (297 of 890) and 78.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is pulling in 42.7 boards per game and has accounted for 711 dimes this year, which ranks 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 16.5 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 22.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They give up 37.8% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 27th in the league in points per game allowed (116.7). The Timberwolves defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.2% (1,128 of 2,440) and they surrender 44.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 28th in basketball in allowing assists with 717 conceded on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Clippers walked away with a victory by a final of 113-93 when they played the Celtics. The Clippers collected 35 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 46 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while earning 10 steals in this game. The Celtics were called for 17 personal fouls for this game which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 21 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 71.4%. Concerning shots from downtown, Los Angeles converted 10 out of their 25 attempts (40.0%). When all was said and done, the Clippers went 44 for 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.9%. The Clippers permitted the Celtics to make 33 out of 76 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.4% for the matchup. They went 23.1% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 out of 39 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 26 at the charity stripe (69.2%). When talking about attacking the glass, Los Angeles allowed Boston to snag 36 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Paul George ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers in the matchup. George totaled 26 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes in the matchup. He made 8 out of 22 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and had 6 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 16-13 for the year. The Clippers are responsible for committing 20.1 fouls every game and they hit 74.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.7 times per contest (26th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.4 times per game. Los Angeles has 3,128 points so far this season (107.9 per contest) and they grab 43.8 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Clippers are shooting 46.5% from the field, which ranks 19th in basketball.
The Los Angeles defense concedes 34.3% from downtown (350 of 1,020) and their opponents are knocking down 75.3% of their foul shots. They surrender 24.1 assists and 43.7 boards per contest, which is ranked 10th and 17th in the NBA. The Clippers on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the league in PPG allowed with 108.7. They are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota
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