Match Details- LA Clippers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date and Time- December 13, 2019, at 9:35 P.M. EST (2:35 A.M. GMT)
Venue- Target Center, Minneapolis
LA Clippers faced the Toronto Raptors last time out. Kawhi Leonard was appreciative of the response by his ex-team. Although that did not hold him back for scoring a team-high 23 points and driving the Clippers to a 112-92 triumph. He will be looking for a similar display in their next game against the Timberwolves. The Clippers have commanded on the offensive end of the floor with the unstoppable duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They are currently averaging 119.0 points in their last three matches. Minnesota has been decent on offense with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins leading the way. Although they will face a Clippers side that has the third-best 42.5 average field goal shooting percentage on defense. Opposing teams do not get a lot of clear-cut looks against them, and surely Minnesota will find the same levels of difficulties against the Clippers.
Minnesota Timberwolves come into this match with not a lot of confidence. They just lost to the Jazz in a game that registered their sixth consecutive loss. Towns and Wiggins gave the team their usual 20-plus points. Also, Jeff Teague stunned with a 32-point display coming off the bench. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves still lost. It is difficult to imagine that something might change in Friday’s game against the Clippers. Although it looks like things can not get much worse. Another unpleasant truth about the repeated losing is that the Timberwolves have plenty of players on their roster capable of scoring. They have the seventh-ranked scoring offense in the league with the team averaging 114.6 points per game. In addition to that, the opposing teams have managed to shoot 54.8 percent against them.
Injury Updates and Team News-
Injuries- Landry Shamet(Ankle), Rodney McGruder(Hamstring), JayMychal Green(Doubtful), and Patrick Beverly(Concussion)
Expected starting lineup- Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Ivica Zubac, Paul George, and Lou Williams
Injuries- Keita Bates-Diop(Doubtful), Jeff Teague(Doubtful), and Jake Layman(Toe)
Expected starting lineup- Robert Covington, Jarrett Culver, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Josh Okogie
Minnesota Timberwolves vs LA Clippers will be just another case of bad defensive plays by Minnesota. This will be exploited very well with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the opposition. Another factor to consider is that the Timberwolves have not won a single game in their last 6 outings. The confidence of the players is beaming low. They rank 27th in 3-point shooting in the league. This is a case where the Clippers are the superior side offensively as well as defensively. The Timberwolves would be looking at their seventh straight loss this time out.