Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/6/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Minnesota Timberwolves will compete against the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center on Friday.
The Clippers faced off with the Heat and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-100 in their last game. In regard to personal fouls, the Clippers walked away with 18 while the Heat recorded 23 personal fouls. They converted 12 out of their 36 attempts from distance. Miami finished 83.3% at the free throw line by converting 20 of their 24 attempts. On top of that, Miami pulled down 48 rebounds (12 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 1 block. Miami dished out 22 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. When discussing defending, Los Angeles allowed 45.9% from the field on 39 of 85 shooting. They also doled out 19 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 34 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Clippers made 30 of 34 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 43.3% FG percentage (29 of 67) and converted 12 of 29 three-point shots.
Paul George is someone who played a role in this matchup. George finished 43.8% from the field and distributed 7 assists. He played 34 minutes played and also totaled 3 boards. He accumulated 25 points on 7 out of 16 shooting.
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Los Angeles comes into this contest with a mark of 21-18 so far this year. They are turning it over 15.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.9 fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is grabbing 43.9 boards per game and has earned 892 assists on the year, which has them ranked 26th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Clippers are hitting 37.6% on shots from distance (496 of 1,320) and 76.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 109.5 pts per contest (28th in the NBA) while hitting 46.6% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Clippers are forcing 13.2 turnovers every game while drawing 19.8 personal fouls. They are conceding 34.0% on shots from downtown while they are 3rd in the league in PPG allowed (109.4). The Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 45.7% (1,580 of 3,458) and they surrender 43.6 boards per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 11th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 945 relinquished this season.
For their last game, the Timberwolves went home victorious with a score of 113-106 when they faced the Trail Blazers. When talking about rebounding, Minnesota allowed Portland to get 39 in total (12 on the offensive glass). They went 31.0% from downtown via 9 of 29 and ended up going 31 of 42 at the free throw line (73.8%). The Timberwolves allowed the Trail Blazers to convert 33 out of their 75 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.0% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves went 39 out of 76 from the floor which had them shooting 51.3%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Minnesota converted 9 of their 24 tries (37.5%). They were able to knock down 26 of the free throws for a percentage of 72.2%. The Trail Blazers earned 30 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 36 attempts. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 8 steals in the matchup. The Timberwolves were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this contest.
Anthony Edwards ended up being a factor for the Timberwolves for the game. Edwards tallied 32 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 dimes for the matchup. He knocked down 11 out of 26 in the game giving him a rate of 42.3%, and accounted for 7 rebounds.
Minnesota has a mark of 18-21 this year. The Timberwolves are committing 22.1 fouls per game and they shoot 77.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.4 times per contest (11th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.8 times per contest. Minnesota has totaled 4,470 points so far this season (114.6 per game) and they collect 41.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are connecting on 49.0% from the floor, which ranks them 3rd in the league.
The Minnesota defense concedes 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (538 of 1,464) and their opponents are connecting on 75.5% of their foul shots. They have given up 25.8 assists and 44.9 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 23rd and 25th in the league. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 19th in the league in points per game surrendered with 115.5. They are forcing 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (6th in the NBA).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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