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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
14-28 January 19, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center 29-14

When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Team Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Timberwolves -1 (-110) -115 207.5 -110
Los Angeles Clippers +1 (-110) -105 207.5 -110

A winning streak will be on the line for the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday when they battle the Minnesota Timberwolves at STAPLES Center.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (14-28): Minnesota is reportedly shopping point guard Ricky Rubio, who collected 21 points and 14 assists in Tuesday’s loss. Rubio, 26, recorded a double-double in four of the last five games and is averaging 14 assists in that span but is being pushed by rookie Kris Dunn, who is the superior defender. Making the point guard’s job easy is second-year center Karl-Anthony Towns, who went for 27 points and 16 rebounds on Tuesday and is averaging 26.2 points on 61.4 percent shooting and 14.2 rebounds in the last five games.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (29-14):
Los Angeles pushed Austin Rivers into the starting lineup when Paul missed seven games with a left hamstring injury bridging December and January and continued with a three-guard lineup when Paul returned. Rivers, who is averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 assists as a starter, is ready to take on more of the ball-handling responsibilities again. “We’re going to chug along,” Rivers said at Paul’s event on Tuesday. “Good news is he’ll be back in no time, miss 16 or 17 games. We’re going to hold the ship down for him.”

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Timberwolves listed as 1-point favorites versus the Clippers, while the game’s total is sitting at 207.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

The Los Angeles Clippers have gotten used to playing without one or two of their All-Stars, and a couple of months without Chris Paul is just the latest obstacle for the team to overcome. The Clippers will try to earn an eighth consecutive win without Paul around when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

Paul is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb suffered while trying to defend Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook in a 120-98 win over the Thunder on Monday. “Everything happens for a reason,” Paul said while speaking with reporters at his annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational on Tuesday. “Unfortunately but fortunately, the team has played without me before, so the fellas will hold it down and I’ll be ready when I’m back.” The Timberwolves are hoping to take advantage of Paul’s absence to salvage the finale of a three-game road trip after falling at Dallas and San Antonio. “If you’re going to win on the road, you have to take care of the ball,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after Tuesday’s 122-114 loss to the Spurs. “Offensively, I thought we were good, with the exception of the high turnovers. In the second half, we held onto it too long.”

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 120-98 winner as they battled the Thunder at home. The Clippers covered in the match as a -8-point favorite, while 218 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Timberwolves were a 122-114 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They covered the +12-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (236) made winners of OVER bettors.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 14-28 SU,19-23 ATS
Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games

Los Angeles:
Team record: 29-14 SU,22-21 ATS
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
LA Clippers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Clippers’s last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota home to Denver Sunday, January 22
Los Angeles at Denver Saturday, January 21

NBA HOOPS NEWS
1. The Clippers went 2-5 without Paul during his last absence.

2. Timberwolves PF Gorgui Dieng is averaging 19 points in the last two games on 16-of-24 shooting.

3. The road team took the last four in the series, with Minnesota earning a 108-102 win at Los Angeles in its last trip on Feb. 3, 2016.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: Los Angeles Clippers will cover the spread at +1 and the game will go over 207.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Clippers 109, Timberwolves 105 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MIN TEAM LAC
103.1 PTS FOR 108.2
104.4 PTS AGNST 102.1
-1.2 DIFF. 6.2
31.3 DEF REBOUNDS 34.6
11.7 OFF REBOUNDS 9.4
45.7 FG% 46.9
78.9 FT% 75.6
7.9 3 POINTERS 10.3
7.6 STEALS 7.9
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
LOS ANGELES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-16 SU in their last 17 games when playing LA Clippers
Minnesota is 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
LOS ANGELES
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Clippers last 8 games at home
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Clippers are 16-1 SU in their last 17 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Clippers last 11 games when playing at home against Minnesota
LA Clippers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
LA Clippers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs LA Clippers’s Overall Defense 103.1 19 102.1 7
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs LA Clippers’s Home Defense 101.7 19 98.6 6
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs LA Clippers’s Home Rebounds Allowed 42.1 23 42.6 15
LA Clippers’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 108.2 6 104.4 13
LA Clippers’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 108.7 10 106.9 19
LA Clippers’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.0 19 41.6 5
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is third last in the league in three points made with 7.9 per game.
Minnesota leads the league in rebounds allowed at 39.9.
LOS ANGELES
No trends to report
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Minnesota 45.7 46.8 -1.1
LA Clippers 46.9 44.1 2.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Minnesota 11.7 31.3 43.0
LA Clippers 9.4 34.6 44.0
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Minnesota 22.7 14.3 1.6
LA Clippers 22.5 12.8 1.8

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