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Clippers vs. Timberwolves preview and game thread

The Clippers look to bounce back tonight with a win!

Los Angeles Clippers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Game information

Where: Staples Center

When: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570 LA Sports

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka

Timberwolves: Malik Beasley, D’Angelo Russell, Naz Reid, Jake Layman, Anthony Edwards

Injuries/absences

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard (QUESTIONABLE) Mouth laceration, Marcus Morris Sr. (OUT) Sore right knee, Jay Scrubb (OUT) Foot surgery

Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell (OUT) Left Soleus Strain, Josh Okogie (OUT) Left Hamstring Strain, Karl-Anthony Towns (OUT) Left Perilunate Subluxation

Odds

Clippers -10

O/U: 226.0


The Clippers are coming off a pretty, pretty, pretty bad loss, to say the least. We’re not even going to mention what happened on Sunday. So, as far as we know, this is the Clippers home opener!

The Clippers and Timberwolves are both 2-1 to start the season, but this should be a game that the Clippers are able to handle fairly well. Minnesota is missing their superstar Karl Anthony-Towns, along with two other pieces too. As of right now, Kawhi Leonard is questionable for tonight’s contest, but he shouldn’t really have much of an impact whether he plays or not.

After starting the season with back-to-back wins, Minnesota lost by nearly 40 points the other night to the Lakers. Rookie and No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards led the way for them as he dropped 15 points. He was one of only three players on the team to even score in double digits.

LA and Minnesota met three times last year, with the Clippers coming out victorious in two of them. The first matchup was one for the record books, as both Leonard and George each dropped 40 points. George had 46 and Leonard had 42. The next game wasn’t as epic, as LA’s top duo only scored a combined 52 in the win. Then, in the third matchup, the Timberwolves went lights out from the field, as they dropped 142 points in their win over LA.

After an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, I expect the Clippers to come out hungry and silence all the doubters with a victory.... at least, I really hope so.