The number one seed in the West is up for grabs as the Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers clash for the 2nd time this season. Tonight’s game at crypto.com Arena will be a rematch of the game played almost a month ago, which the T’Wolves won 109-104 back in their home gym. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen mixed results from this team, they’ve struggled to find consistency exchanging wins and losses in their last 5 outings. Despite that though, they still occupy the top seed in the conference with a 36-16 SU record, but with 3 teams just half a game lurking behind them, they’ll need to up their play in order to maintain their position. Minnesota’s head-to-head record vs the Clippers is very solid over the last 6 games – they’ve gone 5-1 SU/ATS, plus in their last 7 games overall they’ve recorded 5 wins as well.
After a minor bump in the road and a home loss to the Pelicans, the Clippers bounced back with a 112-106 home win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Paul George had a productive night with 33 points, while Kawhi Leonard added 24 and the Clippers won despite getting outrebounded by 24 boards in the game. That kind of discrepancy cannot happen tonight against Minnesota, the talent level on the Timberwolves team is far greater than the one the Pistons have. The battle down low between Ivica Zubac and Rudy Gobert could determine the outcome of this game. The Croatian center has just returned from an injury and has been playing on a minutes restriction over the last 4 games. LA will be optimistic they can get a result here though, they’ve won 9 of 10 home games and are 14-4 SU in their last 18 vs Western Conference opponents.