LA Clippers at Minnesota 9:30 PM EST
Line: Minnesota -3.5
Play-In Game #2 tonight and the first one in the Western Conference as the #7 seed Timberwolves host the #8 seed Clippers. These teams played 4 times this season and the Clippers went 3-1 with 3 blowout wins but they have not met since January 3rd when Minnesota won 122-104 on the road. Paul George did not play in that game, but he will be back tonight for this important match-up.
The side tonight, against the spread, might be tough so we are looking at the total as we expect a high scoring game. Both teams do have decent defensive efficiency stats however, in the last 7 games Minnesota played in the Regular Season, the average final score added up to over 245 points.
The only game of those 7 that did not get over what this number is posted at tonight was the game at Toronto where there were 227 points scored. They have been playing no defense for weeks and they are the 9th best team in terms of offensive efficiency this season.
Now over to the Clippers. We all know they are a different offensive team with Paul George in the lineup as opposed to when he’s not. They come into this game red hot as they have won 5 straight and in their last 7 games, they have averaged over 127 points.
With George being back, they are also now a deep team so when they go to the bench, we still expect the scoring to continue. In fact, both teams have capable scorers off the bench which should make this a highly entertaining game to watch and a game where many points are scored. Look for a game in the 240’s here
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