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The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves in the NBA play-in tournament. Matt McCuen is here to break down the game and share his pick.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Veteran Playoff Experience Will Win

The NBA regular season concluded on Sunday night, which means it’s time for the play-in games! The LA Clippers will travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves in the first play in-game. The Clippers would stay alive here with a loss, as would the Wolves, but the winner will get a bid into the postseason.

The Timberwolves have made the postseason just one time since the 2003-2004 season. The last time they won a series was when Kevin Garnett was a part of their team. Needles to say, the basketball fans in Minnesota are starving for a playoff victory. This is a team that is capable of bringing joy to Minnesota.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction

The Wolves are led by all-star center Karl Anthony Towns who has been outstanding this season. Towns landed an all-star appearance and was also crowned the champion of the three-point contest! Towns has had support from young star Anthony Edwards and veteran guard Deangelo Russell. The role players for the Wolves have been very good this season as one of them Patrick Beverly has brought great energy and toughness to this T-Wolves team.

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The Clippers have had to deal with injuries all season long. Star Kwahi Leonard has been out all year, and Paul George missed the majority of the season before returning last week. The Clippers also returned Norman Powell, who will be the team's second-best scorer when healthy. Ty Lue did an unbelievable job by keeping the Clippers in the playoff hunt in the absence of their stars. The Clippers will be healthy as they have been all season for this game Tuesday night. 

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I will be backing the dog here in the LA Clippers. I love the fact we are getting points with the Clippers in this spot. I feel that this healthy Clippers team is one of the more underrated in all of the NBA. This is a team that is going to be able to lean on its veterans to lead them in the playoffs.

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Paul George was having a great season pre-injury, and he has been great since returning. Norman Powell and Marcus Morris Sr are also guys with a ton of playoff experience. This is the type of team I want to bet on this time of year. Ty Lue is also one of the best head coaches in the NBA, and I believe he will have his team well prepared for this Timberwolves squad. I expect a lot of different looks throughout the game to slow down their high-paced offense. I believe this will be a great game from start to finish but give me the points with the Clippers, who I believe win outright. 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers Pick

Pick: LA Clippers +3 (-110) (Bet $110 to Win $100)

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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