National Basketball Association: MIN vs. LAC
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-11, 6-7 away) at Los Angeles Clippers (8-14, 4-6 home)
December 6, 2017- 10:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Losers of three straight, the Los Angeles Clippers will take to the hardwood at Staples Center seeking to get back on track when they welcome in the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Western Conference clash on Wednesday night that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Timberwolves Lines: MyBookie Spread (-5.5) ML -220
Best Clippers Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+5.5) ML +190
Over/Under: XBet 213.5
Meeting for the second of four this season, the T’Wolves (14-11) and Clippers (8-14) will square off for the second time in a matter of days as Los Angeles will aim to take revenge from a 112-106 earlier defeat back in Minnesota.
A team full of young talent, the Timberwolves find themselves mere percentage points behind the Denver Nuggets for first-place in the Northwest Division. For the Clippers, they have been a major disappointment and stand 9 ½ games back of the Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division.
Minnesota is coming off a 95-92 road defeat at Memphis after beating Los Angeles at home, whereas the Clippers return home after dropping two straight on the road including the L at the Timberwolves.
The tale of the tape has the Timberwolves averaging 107.3 points per game while allowing 106.8 points. The Clippers are scoring 104.9 points per contest and are yielding 107.5 points per game.
Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau along with SG Jimmy Butler are doing their best to help turn around the culture of the T’Wolves who have grown accustomed to losing. Butler is averaging 18.9 PPG; an increase from his career number of 15.7 per game. Butler poured in 33 points in the win over the Clippers.
Los Angeles is feeling the struggles without their big man Blake Griffin who is on the shelf but may be close to getting some good news in the form of F Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) who is close to returning.
The Clippers fought hard in the Minnesota defeat and are now hoping a return home will help them even up the season series. For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring MIN (-5.5) points over LAC with XBet delivering the over/under with 213.5 total game points scored.
With teams headed in different directions, I will favor the visiting Timberwolves MINUS the points (-5.5) over Los Angeles for the win as my best betting pick.