The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a Western Conference mismatch between LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. 

NBA Tips – Los Angeles Clippers V Minnesota Timberwolves

12:00 (AEST), Mon 19th Apr @ Staples Center, Los Angeles

History: Played 120: Clippers 63 V Timberwolves 57

Last meeting: February 10, 2021: Clippers 119 d Timberwolves 112 at Target Center

Final Thoughts: LA Clippers look to get back in the winner’s circle against a Minnesota Timberwolves side chasing back-to-back victories for the first time since December.

The 39-19 Clippers had their seven-game winning streak halted by the 76ers two days ago, going down 106-103 on the road.

Kawhi Leonard missed the game with a foot complaint and is listed as questionable today.

The 15-42 Timberwolves are coming off a 119-111 upset of the Heat. Karl-Anthony Towns returned from a two-game layoff with a team-high 24 points.

The Clippers have won five of their last six against the Timberwolves, including both clashes so far this season.

The Clippers flexed with a 124-101 home victory in late-December. Lou Williams (20 pts) top-scored off the bench among seven double-digit scorers for the Clippers, who were missing Leonard.

The result was closer in Minneapolis in February, but a big third quarter saw the Clippers rally to a 119-112 victory. Kawhi had 36 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Williams scored 27 points off the bench.

The Clippers are 22-8 at home (18-12 ATS) and have won their last five at Staples Center by seven points or more. The T-Wolves are 5-23 on the road (11-15-2 against the spread), losing their last six away.

Kawhi’s potential absence could even out the scales, but the Clippers still shape as the best bet against the line.

Tip: Handicap – Clippers -9.5 @ $1.87

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