Minnesota Timberwolves versus LA Clippers versus Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 1-17-2013

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The 30-9 LA Clippers will conclude their road trip with a stop to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Minnesota is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.

The betting odds from this pro basketball game will be released Thursday afternoon as Chris Paul is listed as questionable with a knee bruise that has sidelined him the past two games. Caron Butler is also questionable with a sore foot.

The teams last met on November 28th with the Clippers posting the 101-95 home win as a -9 point betting favorite. The over under line in the game landed over 194 points. Trend: Minnesota Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their past ten games.

The Clippers are 12-5 on the road this season. This is the third and final game of this three game road trip. LA is 2-0 as they beat Memphis by 26 points on Monday and are coming off the 117-109 road win on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets as a +3 point underdog. The total in the game came in at over 206 ½ points.

It was a huge third quarter for LA as they break open a close game by outscoring the Rockets 32-18. The Clippers shoot 53.8% from the floor and hit on 11 of 19 from three. They survived 18 turnovers. Jamal Crawford came off the bench to lead LA with 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting. The Clippers rank fourth in the NBA in two critical categories. They shoot nearly 48% from the floor and allow 43% shooting.

The Timberwolves are 10-5 on their home court. They return home off a four game road trip where the team finished 0-4 with losses by greater than 12 points in each game. They have allowed 102 points or greater in their past six games. Minnesota was defeated at Dallas on Tuesday 113-98 as a +7 ½ point road underdog. The total came in at over 195 ½ points. Minnesota allowed the Mavericks to shoot nearly 60% from the floor. The T’Wolves made only 41.2% of their shots. They starting guards combined for just 4 of 16 shooting. Minnesota is still limiting the minutes of Ricky Rubio and having him come off the bench. In ten games this season Rubio is averaging just 4 points a game and making 22% from the field. Kevin Love underwent surgery for his broken hand and will be out for at least two months.

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