Clippers vs Timberwolves Prediction NBA Picks 3/3/24

Minnesota Timberwolves (42-18) vs Los Angeles Clippers (38-20)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves collide at the Target Center on Sunday night. Here’s a Clippers vs Timberwolves Prediction.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent shape as they've split their last 10 games overall and they will be hoping to build some momentum after making light work of the Wizards in a 140-115 home win on Friday. James Harden led the team with 28 points and eight assists on nine of 13 shooting, Kawhi Leonard added 27 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Paul George chipped in with 22 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 57 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a 46-point explosion in the second quarter and they just kept their foot on the gas to finish with their third highest point total of the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in great shape as they've won seven of their last nine games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after having their three-game win streak halted by the Kings in a 124-120 overtime loss on Friday. Jaden McDaniels led the team with 26 points on nine of 11 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points with six rebounds and five assists while Naz Reid chipped in with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they showed plenty of fight to rally all the way back from a 14-point deficit, only to go cold and score just five points in the overtime period to allow the Kings off the hook in the end. The Timberwolves will meet the Trail Blazers, Pacers, and Cavaliers.

Minnesota Timberwolves Player Facts

  • Rudy Gobert ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.7) this season.
  • Mike Conley ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (5.5) this season.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Paul George ranks 1st amongst qualified Forwards for FT% (90.3%) this season.
  • Kawhi Leonard ranks 5th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.7) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent points per game this season (106.6).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (44.5%).
  • The Clippers rank 3rd in the league for three-point percentage this season (39.0%).
  • The Clippers rank 4th in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (4.6).

Clippers vs Timberwolves Prediction

The Clippers are still shorthanded with Russell Westbrook ruled out and Ivica Zubac is listed as questionable, while the Timberwolves are keeping eyes on Anthony Edwards and Kyle Anderson who are both questionable here. Both teams could be missing some key players in this one, but the Clippers certainly have more depth, so it's advantage Clippers if the Timberwolves are without Edwards for this one. This is a tough one to pick, but in what should be a close game, I'm leaning towards the Clippers to escape with a much-needed road win here behind a big game from Kawhi Leonard or James Harden.

 

Peter’s Pick Los Angeles -1.5

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