Our NBA best betting selection on Tuesday comes from the contest between the Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers. They return to action from the All Star Break in Los Angeles at 10:30PM Eastern Time and NBA TV will deliver the national television broadcast. The NBA pick for today is playing on the Minnesota Timberwolves +6 ½ points against the LA Clippers. Today’s betting line comes courtesy of Bovada sportsbook.
The LA Clippers opened up in this NBA game as a -7 ½ point favorite with an over under of 196 ½ points. Early money from the NBA bettors has been T’Wolves money as the LA Clippers are now favored by -6 ½ points at most online sportsbooks. The total has moved down a notch to an over under of 196 points. Those betting the LA Clips on the money line will have to lay -255 odds. Bettors who like the home underdog Minnesota Timberwolves to win straight up tonight your return is +235 odds for your money line wager.
Minnesota rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Clips in their only meeting of the season earlier this month. The T’Wolves outscored LA by a 29-19 margin in the final stanza to post the upset win getting +4 ½ points. Minnesota has played very good basketball with four wins in their past five games. Also you have to factor the Clippers could be a bit distracted with both point guard Chris Paul and Blake Griffin participating in the All Star festivities in Orlando. Paul could be a bit fatigue in this spot tonight. Kevin Love has been outstanding this season for the Timberwolves with a 25 point per game average and 14 rebounds. Minnesota brings great balance on the court with six players averaging in double digit scoring. What I like from the T’Wolves is their top two scorers are very efficient. Nikola Pekovic is the clubs second leading scorer this season with a 12 point per game average with 58.3% shooting and over 7 boards a contest. These are two players who do damage in the paint and could force foul trouble on the LA big men.
The Clippers struggled a bit down the stretch as the team dropped two of their past three games heading into the All Star break. A major issue for the Clippers during this span has been the play of their defense as the club has given up an average of over 100 points a game. The Clips have failed to cover their past three pointspreads as a result of the teams play on the defensive end of the court. A disadvantage here for the Clippers is the free throw discrepancy as LA hits on just 68.7% from the charity stripe and Minnesota makes just under 78% of their free throws. Clippers forward Blake Griffin gets sent to the line a lot and is poor at the free throw line making just 53.9% of his shots. Griffin becomes a liability for the team on the offensive end of the court in late game situations. Bet the Timberwolves and take the points. Prior to your wager view the best online sportsbook reviews.