NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Timberwolves

Joe Freda

Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:37 PM GMT

Will the Los Angeles Clippers collect again here or are the Minnesota Timberwolves in the right spot to end their skid? Let us guide you down the right path for your NBA picks tonight, as the options might be slim, but the value is there.

The Los Angeles Clippers swept the first two contests of their three-game road trip, cashing tickets as underdogs with wins over the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. Thursday’s NBA matchup report has Vinny Del Negro’s squad finishing its journey against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who return home after an 0-4 ATS road slide.

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Clippers, Crawford surge past Rockets

Los Angeles’ latest victory came in Tuesday’s 117-109 triumph over the Houston Rockets, collecting as a three-point road dog. The Clippers drained 11-of-19 shots outside the arc as part of a 53.8 percent night of field shooting.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford piled in 30 points off the bench, while mate Lamar Odom logged a team-high 11 boards in 19 minutes of action. Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin notched eight of his squad’s 21 assists, hitting 7-of-13 floor shots en route to 19 points.

The duel’s combined 226 points soared above the ‘total’ of 206 ½, lifting the OVER to 5-2 in the Clippers’ last seven games. Los Angeles led by as many as 21 points, while edging Houston out in rebounds, 35-34.

T-Wolves shut down in Dallas

Minnesota continued its skid with Monday’s 113-98 setback as a 7 ½-point road dog against the Dallas Mavericks. The Timberwolves trailed by as many as 23 points, allowing the Mavericks to connect from the field at a 59.7 percent clip.

Timberwolves mates Nikola Pekovic and Jose Barea united for 41 points, with Barea drilling 4-of-7 buckets from three-point land. Pekovic added a team-high 12 boards, picking up a fourth double-double in his last six games.

The lopsided affair’s combined 211 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 195 ½, moving the OVER to 4-2 in the Timberwolves’ last six contests. Minnesota sizably outrebounded Dallas, 46-33, while being edged in fast break points, 31-11. 

Back the T-Wolves as home dogs 

The NBA odds makers at 5Dimes.eu opened Los Angeles as a three-point favorite, with early betting on the Clippers lifting the number to five. Clippers guard Chris Paul (16.8 PPG, 9.7 APG) is listed as “doubtful” in this matchup, missing his squad’s last two games with a knee injury. 

I am adding Minnesota to my NBA picks for Thursday’s short card, taking the points at home. The T-Wolves catch the Clippers playing a fourth game in six days, with Del Negro’s crew taking a spot like this more lightly compared to their road trip’s first two matchups. 

Minnesota has had its own injuries, but could have a breakout game here after two days of rest and a return to Target Center. The Timberwolves have put up 105.3 PPG in their last three home dates, with Pekovic piling in 25 points and 18 boards in the span’s most recent affair against the Atlanta Hawks.

The last six meetings between the T-Wolves and Clippers have seen the underdog collect at 5-1 ATS. So with your sports picks tonight, look for Minnesota to add another cashed ticket to that trend, getting the money on its floor.

NBA Picks: Timberwolves +3