Clippers vs Timberwolves: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 29, 2020

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on December 29, 2020

Pacific Division foes meet when the Los Angeles Clippers (2-1) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) at Staples Center, starting at 10:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. The Clippers are favorites in the game, the first matchup between the squads this season. The over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of December 29, 2020, 1:07 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Clippers vs Timberwolves Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 29

Clippers:
Marcus Morris Sr.: Out (Knee),
Kawhi Leonard: Day To Day (Mouth)

Timberwolves:
Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Left wrist),
Jaylen Nowell: Out (Left Calf),
Josh Okogie: Day To Day (Cramping)

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Clippers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kawhi Leonard 57 27.1 7.1 4.9 1.8 0.6 2.2
Paul George 48 21.5 5.7 3.9 1.4 0.4 3.3
Marcus Morris 43 19.6 5.4 1.4 0.8 0.4 2.7
Lou Williams 65 18.2 3.1 5.6 0.7 0.2 1.7
Luke Kennard 28 15.8 3.5 4.1 0.4 0.2 2.6

Timberwolves Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Karl-Anthony Towns 35 26.5 10.8 4.4 0.9 1.2 3.3
D’Angelo Russell 33 23.6 3.7 6.2 0.9 0.3 3.6
Malik Beasley 14 20.7 5.1 1.9 0.6 0.1 3.5
Ricky Rubio 65 13.0 4.7 8.8 1.4 0.2 1.2
Juancho Hernangomez 14 12.9 7.3 1.3 1.0 0.3 2.1

Shooting Trends

  • The Clippers shot 46.7% from the field last season, one percentage point lower than the 47.7% the Timberwolves allowed to opponents.
  • Los Angeles had a 23-12 record against the spread and a 30-5 straight-up record in games it shot higher than 47.7% from the field.
  • Minnesota had a 12-14 record against the spread and an 11-15 record overall when allowing its opponents to hit more than 46.7% of their shots from the field.
  • The Timberwolves shot 44.1% from the field, 0.2% lower than the 44.3% the Clippers’ opponents shot last season.
  • Minnesota had compiled a 15-16 record against the spread and a 12-19 straight up record in games it shot higher than 44.3% from the field.
  • Last season, Los Angeles had a 33-9 record against the spread and a 36-6 straight up record when it allowed opponents to shoot higher than 44.1% from the field.
  • The Clippers shot 37.1% from three-point range last season, 0.8% higher than the 36.3% the Timberwolves allowed to opponents.
  • Los Angeles put together a 28-16 record against the spread and a 32-12 straight-up record in games last season when the team connected on more than 36.3% of its three-point shots.
  • Minnesota put up a 16-22 against the spread while going 13-25 overall in games last season when its opponents shot better than 37.1% from deep.
  • The Timberwolves’ three-point shooting percentage last season (33.6%) was 1.1 percentage points lower than opponents of the Clippers averaged (34.7%).
  • Minnesota had a 15-11 ATS record and is 12-14 straight-up when the team made more than 34.7% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles had a 32-10 ATS record and a 36-6 straight-up record in games last season it shot better than 33.6% from three-point range.
  • The Clippers made 12.4 three-pointers per game last season, only 0.9 fewer made shots on average than the 13.3 per game the Timberwolves gave up.
  • When Minnesota made more three-pointers than its opponents last season, it went 16-21 against the spread and 13-24 overall. When Los Angeles was out-shot from deep by its opponents, it was 13-27 ATS and 17-23 straight up.
  • The Clippers ranked 13th in the NBA in made three-pointers a season ago, while the Timberwolves gave up the seventh-fewest made threes in the league.

Clippers vs Timberwolves Stat Rankings

Clippers Rank Clippers AVG Timberwolves AVG Timberwolves Rank
4th 116 Points Scored 113.2 12th
13th 109.9 Points Allowed 117.5 28th
3rd 47.1 Rebounds 44.8 10th
8th 10.5 Off. Rebounds 10.5 10th
13th 12.4 3pt Made 13.3 8th
22nd 23.3 Assists 23.8 20th
12th 13.6 Turnovers 14.7 27th

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