Wolves' Offense to Continue High-Scoring Trend vs. Clippers

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:24 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 3:24 PM UTC

Minnesota is trying to preserve a playoff spot with Jimmy Butler still mending from a knee injury, while L.A. is pretending to care about making the postseason.

Tuesday NBA: Clippers vs. TimberwolvesFree NBA Pick: Timberwolves -3½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Clippers would like the league to believe they are still trying for the eighth seed in the West, but after they traded Blake Griffin it was evident they wanted to play for next season.

After three wins coming out of the All-Star break, Los Angeles has lost seven of its past nine games SU. Look at the highlights of the Clippers’ game against Portland on Sunday; you can tell the defensive effort is simply not there from L.A.:

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The Clippers made an effort early in the game but gave up 30-plus points in each of the final three quarters. That’s very telling at this point of the season -- and a benefit when making our NBA picks.

The Clippers have made it a calling card recently to not play much defense -- the biggest indicator of a tanking team. Since the break, L.A. is allowing 113.8 points per game and has given up or scored 120-plus points in eight of those 13 games.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have had little trouble scoring on the Clippers in their previous meetings this season. In three head-to-heads, Minnesota has averaged 116.7 points.

With the Wolves coming off a couple of SU losses and needing a win, I see them shutting down the Clippers and covering the number on the NBA odds board.

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