The Timberwolves are hoping to change recent misfortunes that have kept them out of the postseason. All they need is a win tonight against the visiting Clippers and it’s a date with the Grizzlies next week. If Minnesota fails to win, they have a shot to stay alive, they just play for the 8th seed later this week. The same scenario plays out with the Clippers, who are rolling with a healthy Paul George. The Timberwolves haven’t been as hot, losing six of their final ten games heading into this play-in matchup tonight. Expect the usual suspects in Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell to lead the way, as Minnesota is healthy heading into this game.
George may not have to battle that playoff narrative that’s, unfairly, haunted him for the past few years, as the Clippers are red-hot riding a five-game win streak. Unfortunately for the Clippers, they will not be at full strength as Luke Kennard did not make the trip. Nicolas Batum, however, is healthy and not on the injury list.
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Clippers Moneyline: +136 (FanDuel)
Still missing their other superstar, the Clippers seem just fine with the reinsertion of George into the lineup. Reggie Jackson has an easier time with less pressure on him, and there’s spacing for guys like Batum and Marcus Morris to find open shots. The Clippers are just better right now with a healthy George than most teams in the playoffs. They might even give a Nuggets team a run. They won’t have to worry about Memphis until tomorrow, but they should get by the Timberwolves tonight, despite this being on Minnesota’s home floor. Although it’s not officially branded as such, this is a playoff game, and veteran talent with postseason experience always gets the edge in the early rounds, even if it’s not technically a round.
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Isaiah Hartenstein Over 5.5 Rebounds: +115 (DraftKings)
The Clippers are expecting to get some quality minutes out of Isaiah Hartenstein against the Timberwolves, backed by both OddsShopper and Awesemo. Hartenstein is projected for 6.8 rebounds, which is a huge gap combined with the plus-money return on the bet. OddsShopper has a 68% chance of this prop hitting, along with a huge 45% xROI on the play. The Clippers center has seen minutes increase and went over 5.5 boards in each of his last five regular season games.
Terance Mann Under 6.5 Points: +100 (DraftKings)
This should be a quiet night for Mann despite the Clippers winning and not having a scoring threat like Kennard off the bench. Despite that, both OddsShopper and Awesemo are projecting very little out of Mann. His point projection from Awesemo is only 4.5 points, and the xWin is 67%. OddsShopper also has a high xROI at %35 as the bet is an even-money play. Mann hasn’t seen any increase in scoring chances, rather a decrease in shots and minutes overall. This is an easy fade to hammer.
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Patrick Beverley Over 1.5 3-Pointers: +116 (FanDuel)
Playing the Patrick Beverley revenge factor is a must because, if there’s anyone to hold a grudge and play well against a former team, it’s Beverley. He plays with a rare sense of tenacity on the floor but had a solid stretch of good 3-Point shooting. OddsShopper expects a slight return to form, maybe boosted by revenge or just open looks from other teammates shooting more 3’s around him. Awesemo has Beverley projected for 1.7 makes, and OddsShopper has a 52% chance of Pat Bev sticking it to his old squad.
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