Clippers vs. Timberwolves Odds for NBA Play-In: Minnesota Opens as Small Home Favorite (Tuesday, April 12)
David Berding/Getty Images. Pictured: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers.
Clippers vs. Timberwolves NBA Play-In Odds
|Moneyline||+105 / -125|
|Time||Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET|
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers are locked into the Nos. 8 and 9 spots in the Western Conference, assuring that the two teams will face one another in the opening game of the NBA Play-In tournament Tuesday. The Wolves will have the home court advantage by virtue of their more than five-game lead over the Clippers.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will secure a spot in the NBA Playoffs and move on to face the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies in Round 1. The losing team will play a single elimination game against either the New Orleans Pelicans or San Antonio Spurs for the No. 8 seed.
Clippers NBA Playoff Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers have had a roller coaster season filled with injuries to their key players, including Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. While the latter is still not recovered, the former returned to the lineup down the stretch, which makes the Clippers all the more dangerous.
The Clippers are 3-1 straight up and against the spread against the Timberwolves this season, per Bet Labs, but the two teams haven’t played since Jan. 3, a game that George did not play and the Clippers lost.
This season, the Clippers generally played up to their competition for most of the season. Through February, they were 18-15 ATS when facing teams at or above .500. before a 2-8 ATS stretch against such teams in March and April.
Timberwolves NBA Playoff Odds
The Timberwolves have been in the mix all season and really came alive when the calendar turned to 2022.
The Wolves went 30-16 over that span, had the fourth-best record in the West and they have the fifth-best record in the NBA since the All-Star break. The Timberwolves are unquestionably the best of the play-in teams, which is why books are giving them a 92% chance to make the playoffs ahead of Tuesday’s game.
Playing at home will be a huge plus for the Wolves who are 22-17-1 ATS at Target Center this season. As a favorite, they’ve been one of the most profitable ATS teams in the NBA (25-18-1) netting bettors the sixth-highest return in the league.