Los Angeles Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves 12/3/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The LA CLIPPERS and the MINNESOTA will both be gunning for a victory on 12/3/2017 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

LA CLIPPERS vs MINNESOTA
When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 3, 2017
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
705 LA CLIPPERS -12.5 (-110) 212.5 (-110) 600
-950
706 MINNESOTA

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FSN North (Minnesota)
LINE: -12.5
PREDICTION: Timberwolves 113, Clippers 101

Oddsmakers currently have the MINNESOTA listed as -12.5 point favorites versus the LA CLIPPERS, while the game’s total is sitting at 212.5.

MINNEAPOLIS — While the Los Angeles Clippers are learning what it’s like to play without star forward Blake Griffin, their Sunday opponent is getting healthy.

Los Angeles is missing four starters — Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic — from its opening-night starting lineup. The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Clippers on Sunday after getting point guard Jeff Teague back in the lineup.

Life without four starters has been trying for Los Angeles. The Clippers lost 108-82 at Dallas in an early Saturday game before traveling and they have lost two in a row after a three-game winning streak.

“It’s all teaching now,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. “I mean, just think about it. This is what you do when you’re in a time like this. You just teach guys. You’re not going to win. You try to win and you may sneak one out.”

Montrezl Harrell is starting for Griffin, who is out two months with a sprained left MCL. The rest of the starting lineup is veteran heavy with Austin Rivers, Lou Williams, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Johnson.

The bench includes the youth of C.J. Williams, Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell and Jamil Wilson, who were the four-most used players as reserves in Saturday’s loss. Williams played a career-high 22 minutes and scored six points.

“We just got to respond to adversity better than we did today,” Williams told the Times. “We’ve got a lot of guys out and other guys have to step in. We’ve just got to do a better job.”

Minnesota is still trying to find itself with its new pieces in Teague, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford, the former Clippers guard. Losing Teague for four games due to a sore right Achilles didn’t help, even though backup Tyus Jones played well in Teague’s absence.

Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in 34 minutes in his return.

“Little winded, but I was OK,” Teague told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I didn’t know I’d play that much. Tyus has been playing really well. I figured he’d play more, too.”

The bench has been one issue, with Jones having to start weakening an already-suspect unit. Reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica has also missed the past five games with a left mid-foot sprain. Bjelica’s return is still unknown.

As a sign of the inconsistency, the Timberwolves have alternated wins and losses the past six games. Minnesota is coming off a 111-107 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday.

“That one was a heartbreaker,” Gibson said after losing to the Thunder. “I felt like we had a chance to grab that one. I felt like we played great defense late. Those are the ones we learn from.”

The Wolves are 13-8, tied for the fourth-most wins in the Western Conference. The next four games are against teams with losing records within the West, including two against the Clippers. The two teams play in Los Angeles on Dec. 6.

“That’s a good feeling, knowing where we stand,” Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins told the Star Tribune. “I guess it’s only the beginning, only the start of this. We know how much better we can get.”

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 8-13 L2 4-6 4-7 0-3 8-10 4-1 7-7
Minnesota 13-10 L1 7-4 6-6 1-0 12-10 4-1 10-4

LAST MEETING

L.A. Clippers Minnesota
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/8/17 LAC 91 MIN 107 91 36 42.2 107 50 48.8

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC D. Jordan 20 81.8 2
MIN K. Towns 29 66.7 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 13 5 8
MIN K. Towns 14 4 10
Assists Player
LAC C. Paul 10
MIN R. Rubio 12
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 448 42.5 107
MIN K. Towns 487 52.4 90
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 293 98 195
MIN K. Towns 272 64 208
Assists Player
LAC B. Griffin 96
MIN J. Teague 154

LAST MEETING

San Antonio Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/17/17 OKC 101 SA 104 104 44 44.2 101 41 43.8

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA L. Aldridge 26 57.1 10
OKC C. Anthony 20 52.9 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA L. Aldridge 9 5 4
OKC R. Westbrook 9 3 6
Assists Player
SA K. Anderson 6
OKC R. Westbrook 9
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA L. Aldridge 507 51.6 100
OKC R. Westbrook 462 40.0 101
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA P. Gasol 194 36 158
OKC R. Westbrook 192 33 159
Assists Player
SA P. Gasol 85
OKC R. Westbrook 203

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