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Timberwolves vs Clippers Predictions | NBA Play-In Tournament Best Bets & Odds

Gio AnnatelliDigital Content Coordinator
Posted: Apr 12, 2022Last updated: Apr 12, 2022

The No. 7 seed Minnesota Timberwolves will host the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament. The winner will get through to the bracket to face the Memphis Grizzlies, while the loser will have one more chance against the winner of the No. 9 vs No. 10 play-in game.

Minnesota finished the regular season with a 46-36 record, their most wins since the 2017-18 season in which they made the playoffs as an 8-seed. They have a chance to make it back to the playoffs for just the second time in the last 17 years.

Los Angeles finished the year with a 42-40 record, closing out the regular season on a five-game win streak. The Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard all season and missed superstar Paul George for three months.

With George back and the chance of Leonard returning at some point during the playoffs, LA is in a prime position to make a run.

Timberwolves vs Clippers Odds

All NBA playoff odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Monday, April 11, at 5 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Timberwolves (-150), Clippers (+130)
  • Spread: Timberwolves -3 (-110), Clippers +3 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 230.5 (-110) / Under 230.5 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Timberwolves 116.75, Clippers 113.75

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Timberwolves vs Clippers Prediction

The Clippers won the season series 3-1. These two teams played three times in the span of two weeks in November, with Los Angeles outscoring Minnesota by an average of 19.3 points per game.

The only win the Timberwolves had against the Clippers was a 122-104 victory on January 3. However, this game was played in the midst of George’s extended absence.

With a stacked lineup that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell, and Patrick Beverley, Minnesota leads the NBA in scoring at 115.9 points per game. Defensively, the Timberwolves can clamp down when needed, forcing the most turnovers in the NBA.

Los Angeles exceeded expectations without its two stars on the court. When George was active this season, the Clippers went 18-13. If he played a full season, I’m not sure we see this team in this situation.

Timberwolves vs Clippers Score Pick

Clippers 128, Timberwolves 122

In his first game back from injury, George dropped 34 points in a win. George is a game-changer for the Clippers on both ends of the court. While the Timberwolves have the better record, they’ve struggled to beat Los Angeles with George on the court.

This game will be much closer than their previous matchups, but the Clippers will come out on top and move on to face the Memphis Grizzlies.

Timberwolves vs Clippers Best Bets

Clippers Moneyline (+130)

WAGER: 1 Unit

I have the Clippers winning this game, so rather than taking the spread at (-110), the moneyline at (+130) is a much better value.

As I mentioned, the Timberwolves have struggled to beat the Clippers when George is on the court. Los Angeles has the momentum coming into this matchup and has a deep enough roster that the next man up can have a good performance when needed.

Playoff P will put on a performance to secure his team a spot in the playoffs.

Timberwolves vs Clippers: OVER 230.5 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Minnesota leads the league in scoring, and while Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in that category, they’ve turned it around since George’s return. In his five games back from injury, the Clippers are averaging 120 points per game, which is way over their season average.

The Clippers have seven players that are scoring in double-digits, while the Timberwolves have four. Both teams can put on the clamps, but they can also score in bunches.

With the playoffs on the line, both teams’ stars will put on a scoring clinic.

Timberwolves vs Clippers Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+1100) at DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.5 Units

  • Clippers Moneyline
  • Timberwolves: OVER 120.5 Total Points
  • Clippers: OVER 123.5 Total Points

Timberwolves vs Clippers Same Game Parlay

I love me a good parlay, and this is a juicy one. This parlay includes my moneyline bet, as you can get more value from the Clippers winning outright versus taking them to cover.

I also have both teams hitting the Overs on their points. I have the total going Over in this game, so we’ll need both teams to put up numbers, and it can’t just be one-sided. Both offenses have stars that can put up points at any given moment, and with everything on the line, they’ll do just that.

Author

Gio Annatelli

Gio Annatelli is a Digital Content Coordinator with The Game Day, writing and editing sports articles for the web. He is seasoned in sports, having covered and written for teams such as the New York Giants, New York Jets, and New York Islanders. Gio graduated from Hofstra University where he got his Bachelor's degree in Journalism. You can almost guarantee he's betting on a parlay.

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