The Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers will face off Tuesday night in the NBA play-in game. The Timberwolves are currently No. 7 in the Western Conference, while the Clippers sit at No. 8. Both teams will dual to earn the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The losing team will play another game in an attempt to secure the playoff spot.
Timberwolves Offense Led by Towns
The Timberwolves played the 2021-22 season under new head coach Chris Finch. They have a strong roster, featuring standout player Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns earned a career and franchise high in March, scoring 60 points against the Spurs. The record-setting game made him the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to score 60 points in a game.
Additionally, Minnesota has a strong offense with Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell. These two players alongside Towns averaged a combined 64.0 points per game in the regular season. Defensively, Jarred Vanderbilt has been a key player for the Wolves.
Overall, Minnesota beats the Clippers in points during the regular season. They averaged 115.9 points per game, while LA was allowed 108.4. The Timberwolves also have the home-court advantage against the Clippers. However, the Wolves only took one of four games against the Clippers in the regular season. They will have to step up to secure their second win against the Clippers this year.
Clippers Shoot for Another Victory
The Clippers spent this season without Kawhi Leonard who is recovering from a knee injury in last season’s Semifinals. But the team has been fortunate to regain Paul George after recovering from an injury in his elbow. Since his return, the Clippers have gone 5-1. Additionally, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris have stepped up to help the offense.
The Clippers have strong defensive gameplay, ranking eighth-best in the league this season. They also outscored Minnesota by an average of 10.0 points in the four games played against them. With their talent and success streak against the Wolves, they are giving themselves a good shot at a win.
The LA Clippers finish with a 42-40 record. They get their 11th consecutive winning season, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Kawhi Leonard missed all 82 games.
Paul George missed 51.
Marcus Morris missed 28.
Nicolas Batum missed 22.
Norman Powell missed 23 of a possible 28.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 11, 2022
Where to Watch
Tuesday’s NBA play-in game will take place at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tip-off will be at 9:30 pm ET. Coverage of the game can be seen on TNT.