MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (6-7)
at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (8-6)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -9, Total: 191.5
The Clippers are looking to end a four-game losing streak when they host Kevin Love and the Timberwolves in Los Angeles.
The Clippers started off the NBA season on a tear, but have since cooled off as they have lost four straight, all by at least six points. Luckily, they will be playing against the Timberwolves, who have lost five of their past six games (SU and ATS).
Which team will extend its winning streak on Wednesday? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts have started the week on fire, going a collective 9-3 ATS (75%) since Monday with StatFox Brian going 3-0 ATS and StatFox Gary going 2-0 ATS on Tuesday. This season, the experts are a collective 82-75-8 ATS (52.2%) in NBA Best Bets. StatFox Gary leads the way at 62% ATS (13-8-2) Best Bets for the year, as he's currently on an 8-3 ATS run. StatFox Scott is 4-1 ATS over the past four days and is at 58% ATS (21-15) Best Bets for the season. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 17-4 (81%) since Nov. 11, boosting his incredible season mark to 30-9 (77%) on NBA Totals. Gary is a perfect 6-0 in Totals in the past four days.
The Timberwolves just won their first game in six contests, but things havenít been too great since PF Kevin Love returned. Love has played well so far, averaging 24.0 PPG and 16.5 RPG, but Minnesota is having trouble putting it together. Love has also struggled to find his touch from beyond the arc, shooting just 21% from three (5-for-24) so far on the year. The Timberwolves, however, havenít found a consistent scoring option on the wing. PG Luke Ridnour is the highest scoring guard on the team and he is only averaging 11.2 PPG on 43% FG. The Timberwolves are really missing Rubio, starting SG Brandon Roy and SF Chase Budinger (11.8 PPG), who are all out with knee injuries.
The Clippers have struggled mightily after storming out of the gates early on in the NBA season. SG Jamal Crawford is starting to cool off after his hot start, averaging just 13.2 PPG on 35.5% FG over the past five games. Chris Paul is looking to find his game as well as he knows he hasnít been playing at the high level Clippers fans are used to seeing. PF Blake Griffin fouled out of the Clippers' last game against New Orleans and he too will need to step his game up if the Clippers are to get back on track. Griffin is averaging just 16.8 PPG and 8.9 RPG, which are down considerably from his career averages of 21.3 PPG and 11.3 RPG.