Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/28/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
The Minnesota Timberwolves are traveling to Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday where they will compete against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Timberwolves faced the Warriors and went home with a loss by a final score of 109-104 in their last game. Minnesota finished the game having earned a 42.2% field goal percentage (38 of 90) and converted 17 out of their 45 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves converted 11 of their 21 tries for a percentage of 52.4%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 43 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 11 steals. When it comes to defense, Minnesota allowed 42.9% from the floor on 39 out of 91 shooting. Golden State earned 23 dimes and had 11 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Golden State pulled down 56 boards (16 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Golden State ended up shooting 72.7% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of their 22 shots. They made 15 of their 42 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Concerning personal fouls, the Timberwolves left the arena with 18 and the Warriors accumulated 19 personal fouls.
Naz Reid is one guy who was a factor for the contest. He ended up with 30 points on 12 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and also snagged 9 rebounds. Reid finished shooting 54.5% from the floor and also distributed 3 assists.
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Minnesota enters this game with a win-loss record of 31-32 this year. They currently have an average of 115.5 points per game (10th in the NBA) while connecting on 49.1% from the field. The Timberwolves are connecting on 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (755 of 2,120) and 76.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is snagging 41.4 boards per contest and has earned 1,604 assists this season, which ranks 8th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.7 times per game and as a squad they are committing 21.7 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 26th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,607 surrendered so far this season. The Timberwolves are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (2,626 of 5,591) and they surrender 44.7 boards per contest as a group. They are giving up 36.8% from beyond the arc while they are 19th in the league in points per game allowed (115.7).
In their last game, the Clippers took a loss by a final score of 134-124 against the Nuggets. In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Los Angeles allowed Denver to grab 50 in total (11 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 33.3% from downtown by connecting on 13 of 39 and ended up going 23 out of 31 from the free throw line (74.2%). The Clippers permitted the Nuggets to make 49 out of their 96 tries from the field which left them shooting 51.0% for this game. When the final whistle was blown, the Clippers finished 44 for 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.9%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, Los Angeles made 11 out of 34 tries (32.4%). They were able to bury 25 of them for a clip of 83.3%. The Nuggets had 23 fouls for the game which got the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 30 attempts. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while recording 11 steals in this matchup. The Clippers were able to snag 32 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for this game.
Kawhi Leonard was important for the Clippers for the game. He made 12 out of 19 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 63.2%, and had 6 rebounds. Leonard scored 33 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 2 dimes for the game.
Los Angeles has a record of 33-30 on the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Clippers are shooting 47.2% from the field, which has them ranked 17th in the NBA. Los Angeles has scored 7,097 points on the year (112.7 per contest) and they pull in 43.4 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per contest (25th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per game. The Clippers are committing 19.7 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 78.1% from the charity stripe.
The Los Angeles defense surrenders 36.5% from downtown (776 of 2,127) and opponents are connecting on 76.0% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 24.8 dimes and 43.1 total boards per game, which ranks them 11th and 13th in the league. The Clippers on defense are ranked 11th in basketball in points given up per game with 112.5. They are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (15th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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