Timberwolves vs. Clippers NBA Preview and Best Bet for January 3

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How will the Timberwolves respond to their L.A. back-to-back on the hardwood against the Clippers on Monday? Let’s see what the NBA odds for this matchup tell us!

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, January 03, 2022 – 10:30 PM EST at Crypto.com Arena

Betting Preview

Two teams looking to improve their playoff position will square off on Monday when the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Minnesota lost to Portland on Friday, 120-108, then the Timberwolves lost a tough 108-103 battle against the Lakers last night.

Minnesota is 6-3-1 ATS in the last ten games. The Clippers defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, 120-116, their second win in their last three games. Los Angeles is 5-5 ATS in their last ten games.

Betting Analysis

Minnesota is 14th in points per game at 108.1 and is allowing 109.1 points per game, 20th overall. They are 27th in field-goal shooting (42.9%). The Timberwolves are the No. 1 team in the NBA in three-point attempts per game (41.6) but are only 23rd in three-point shooting (33.9%). The Timberwolves are third in offensive rebounds at 12.5 per game but 16th in total rebounds at 45.2.

Minnesota will be without D’Angelo Russell (18.7 PPG, 6.7 APG) and possibly Karl-Anthony Towns. Being without KAT would be devastating, as he’s averaging 24.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. At least Anthony Edwards is also having an outstanding season, averaging 22.2 points and 5.7 boards per contest.

Los Angeles is averaging 105.5 points per game, 24th overall, and they are allowing 105.2 points per contest, sixth overall. The Clippers are 20th in field goal percentage (45.0%), ninth in three-point shooting (36.2%), and 12th in free-throw percentage (78.1%). The Clippers are only averaging 14.8 free throws per game, 28th overall.

The Clippers will be without both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They will also be without Brandon Boston, Ivica Zubac, Nicolas Batum, and Luke Kennard. That leaves Jackson as the leading scorer who will be playing at 17.2 PPG. Seven players are averaging in double-digits, but four of those players are out.

Expert Pick

Minnesota has had no answers for the Clippers of late, losing nine of the last ten meetings. 

Even without Leonard and George, Los Angeles is finding a way to win. They have lost six of their last nine games but won over Boston and Brooklyn in two of their last three games. Plus, the Clippers are one of the best defensive teams in the league, sixth in points allowed per game. For your NBA pick keep in mind that the Clippers have won the last four meetings between these teams by at least 11 points.

NBA Pick: Clippers -2 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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