It’s a battle of teams in different situations for the playoff picture in the Western Conference in the Twin Cities. The LA Clippers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night. LA downed the Knicks 124-113 on the road in their last game Sunday afternoon. Minnesota dropped Memphis 112-99 on the road Saturday night in their last game to get back in the win column. The Clippers hold a 58-56 advantage in the all-time regular season series: the teams split two meetings this season with the Timberwolves taking a 130-120 home win in the last matchup on February 11.
LA Clippers Seek to Keep Surging
LA downed the Knicks on the road for their fifth straight win and their 10th victory in the last 11 contests. The Clippers enter this one sixth in the Western Conference, 6.5 games behind the Warriors for the top spot. LA led by five after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by five after three quarters before pulling away late. The Clippers shot 44.2 percent from the field, including 15 of 37 from three-point range, and drained 33 of 37 free throws in the win. Lou Williams had 29 points and seven assists off the bench to lead LA in the win.
The Clippers are currently 5th in the league in scoring offense with 114.7 points per game. LA is 14th in the league in rebounding with 45.5 boards per game and stand 21st in assists with 23.5 per contest. The Clippers are below average defensively, ranking 23rd in scoring defense by allowing 113.6 points per game. LA is tied for 10th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.8 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 26th in three pointers a game with 9.8 per contest and 2nd in three-point shooting as they hit 38.4 percent of their long-range attempts. LA is 9-1 in their last 10 games and they are 1st in scoring offense by putting up 119.9 points per game and 20th in scoring defense by allowing 112.9 points a night. Lou Williams is second on the team in that 10-game stretch with 23.2 points plus five assists per game but he’s struggled by shooting 45.6 percent from the field, including 34.8 percent from long-range. Montrezl Harrell has put up 18.6 points plus 7.5 rebounds while shooting 55.7 percent from the floor. Danilo Gallinari has put up a team-leading 25.1 points plus 6.1 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field in that stretch.
Minnesota Timberwolves Looking to the Offseason
Minnesota snapped a five-game losing skid as they knocked off Memphis on the road but it’s too little, too late for them at this point. The Timberwolves are waving the white flag on the season as they are 10th in the Western Conference and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Minnesota was tied after the opening quarter, trailed by one at the half and took control by outscoring Memphis 35-18. The Timberwolves didn’t see the lead drop below 11 in the fourth quarter. Minnesota shot 48.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 26 from three-point range, and overcame 19 turnovers in the game. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 33 points and 23 rebounds in the win.
The Timberwolves come into this game 14th in scoring with 112.4 points a game. Minnesota is 15th in rebounding with 45.3 boards a night and 16th in assists by dishing out 24.5 dimes per contest. The Timberwolves are 21st in scoring defense as they allow 113.4 points per game. Minnesota is 17th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.5 percent from the field as a team this season. The Timberwolves are tied for 23rd with 10 three-pointers a night while ranking 22nd in three-point shooting at 34.8 percent this year. Minnesota is just 4-6 in their last 10 games despite ranking 13th in the league in scoring offense with 111.7 points a game in that stretch. The Timberwolves are 29th in scoring defense in that stretch, allowing 117.2 points per game. Minnesota is 24th in field goal percentage defense (47.2 percent), 29th in three-point percentage defense as they allow opponents to drill 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and dead last in threes per game (14.8) in that stretch. Karl-Anthony Towns has been on fire in that stretch, putting up 29.7 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He is shooting 53.9 percent from the floor, including 53.2 percent from three-point range. Minnesota has ruled out Robert Covington, who hasn’t played since December 31, Derrick Rose, and Jeff Teague out for the year. That means some of their young, unproven guys have to step up and contribute.
- Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Timberwolves are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference foes
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games