Clippers vs. Timberwolves Play-in Game Odds, Daily Fantasy Tips and Live Stream

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistApril 12, 2022

Clippers vs. Timberwolves Play-in Game Odds, Daily Fantasy Tips and Live Stream

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    Only a single victory stands between the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves and their official ticket to the 2022 NBA playoffs.

    They'll get their first crack at securing it when they collide into Tuesday's Play-In Tournament tilt.

    The winner will grab the Western Conference's No. 7 seed and advance to face the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round. The loser will head into a win-or-go-fishing game Friday against the winner of Wednesday's game between the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs.

    To prep for Tuesday's action, we'll lay out the pertinent scheduling and broadcasting information before providing a pair of daily fantasy tips for DFS players.

Schedule, Stream and Odds

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    Who: No. 7 Timberwolves vs. No. 8 Clippers

    When: Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    TV: TNT

    Live Stream: Watch TNT

    Latest Line: Timberwolves minus-3 (via FanDuel)

DFS Tip: Splurge on Paul George

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    The Timberwolves come into this contest having scored at least 120 points in four of their last five contests—and no fewer than 114 in all of them.

    For the Clippers to succeed Tuesday night, they'll have to put a premium on scoring. With no Kawhi Leonard, a potentially limited Luke Kennard (questionable, hamstring) and Norman Powell only recently returning from a near-two-month absence with a fractured bone in his left foot, L.A. isn't exactly swimming in scoring threats.

    That could have the Clippers looking Paul George's direction early and often, and while he's only five games into his return from three-plus months on the shelf with an elbow injury, Playoff P—err, Play-In P—might shine in the spotlight.

    He netted 34 points on 50 percent shooting (6-of-9 from distance) in his return, then closed his campaign four outings later with 23 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds, six three-pointers and two steals. He can stuff a stat sheet like few others, and he might have to if L.A. has trouble containing the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell.

    If you're paying a premium for a star, you need to be confident that star will deliver. The Clippers have enough absences and question marks around George they'll almost certainly give him ample opportunity to do just that.

DFS Tip: Look for a Bargain with Patrick Beverley

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    Want to know how the Timberwolves transformed from a team with a .319 winning percentage and bottom-five defense into a 46-squad with an upper-half defense? The answer, according to Patrick Beverley, is simple: It's him.

    "I do this everywhere I go," Beverley told reporters. "I'm not trying to be cocky. I knew this was gonna happen before I got here."

    There isn't a bigger believer in Beverley than the defensive-minded guard himself, but that's the reason he still has an NBA career more than a decade after being the 42nd player selected in the 2009 draft and going multiple seasons without an NBA gig before breaking in with the Houston Rockets for the 2012-13 campaign.

    He is never scared of the moment, nor of the competition. Speaking of which, his current opponent, the Clippers, were his NBA employer the previous four seasons before he was traded twice and eventually landed with the Wolves.

    He should be ultra-motivated, even by his intense standards. That may not manifest into major numbers—he's only reached 20 points twice all season—but a productive outing with double-digit points, a handful of assists and a few three-balls and steals is certainly on the table against a Clippers defense allowing the 12th-most DFS points to the point guard position, per FantasyPros.


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