The Clippers played yesterday afternoon and were embarrassed by a Mavs team that is not very good. With the injury to Blake Griffin, the Clippers are probably two steps from tanking this season, and that could spell bad news against an upstart Wolves team hungry for a win on Sunday.
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Clippers vs. Wolves
We talked about all the crazy spreads this Sunday, and one of them is the -12 the Wolves are favored by against the Clippers. I could see them blowing this one outright, or winner by 20. That’s how up and down the Wolves have been this season.
However, with the Clippers playing like garbage, and coming off a game the day before, there is a good chance that Tom Thibodeau has his young team ready to pounce on their prey in this one. Minnesota is starting a stretch of three games in four nights, and they have a game on Monday in Memphis against another struggling team.
You know that Thibs will have his team focused for this one because they are going to need to put the Clippers away early.
That is actually one thing the Wolves have been especially good at when they play at the Target Center. Minnesota has been leading at the half in eight of their 11 home games this season, and in two of those, they were tied at the half. Plus, they have led at the half in seven of their last eight home games.
With a tired and beaten down Clippers team coming into town on short rest, and with the Wolves in need of a quick start on the front end of a back to back, look for Minnesota to cover their first-half spread. NBA Pick: Wolves -7 1H
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