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Minnesota at L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, January 22, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Clippers had their six-game winning streak come to an end with a 125-113 loss at Utah on Saturday but are heading home to try and prove they belong in the postseason discussion. The Clippers will play consecutive games against teams in the top four of their respective conferences at home this week, beginning with a visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Los Angeles, which hosts Eastern Conference-leading Boston on Wednesday, counted wins over Golden State and Houston during the surge that brought them into the top eight in the West but could not overcome a poor start on the defensive end Saturday against the Jazz. "Honestly, we just didn't have it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the loss. "I thought they played a lot harder than us, which I rarely say." The Timberwolves hit the road with some momentum after knocking off the Toronto Raptors 115-109 on Saturday despite being without star swingman Jimmy Butler (knee) and sixth man Jamal Crawford (toe). "We talked about it before the game," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. "If you're in this league, you're a great player. So, when someone is out, it's an opportunity for someone else to step in. If we play hard, we have a chance. Our guys did that."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS North (Minnesota), FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (30-18): Minnesota is enjoying a nine-game winning streak at home but dropped its last four on the road, where it will play the next three games and five of six to close January. The Timberwolves were in danger of that home winning streak coming to an end while going into the half down eight points on Saturday, but Karl-Anthony Towns scored all 22 of his points after the break and Andrew Wiggins scored 29 to put the team in the win column without Butler. Both Crawford, who spent the previous five seasons with the Clippers, and Butler are considered day-to-day.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (23-22): Minnesota could use Butler on the defensive end against Clippers guard Lou Williams, who scored 31 points in Saturday's loss and is averaging 30.1 points in 10 games this month. Williams became the first NBA player since steals were first introduced as a statistic in 1973-74 to record at least 30 points, 10 steals and seven assists in a game when he broke the franchise record -- previously held by coach Rivers (nine) -- for steals in a game with 10 on Saturday. "That's pretty cool," Williams told reporters when informed of the record. "I'm sure they'll create more stats for people to break."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Timberwolves SG Marcus Georges-Hunt recorded career highs in points (12) and minutes (29) on Saturday.

2. Clippers C DeAndre Jordan (ankle) missed the last four games and remains day-to-day.

3. Minnesota took the first two meetings of the season, including a 113-107 win at Los Angeles on Dec. 6.

PREDICTION: Timberwolves 112, Clippers 105
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 30-18 W1 19-6 11-12 2-0 28-18 9-1 23-7
L.A. Clippers 23-22 L1 14-9 9-13 3-4 20-18 10-2 17-14
Last Meeting
Minnesota L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/6/17 MIN 113 LAC 107 113 46 54.9 107 43 44.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota K. Towns 21 64.3 3
L.A. Clippers A. Rivers 23 50.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota T. Gibson 14 4 10
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 21 12 9
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. Butler 8
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota J. Butler 1016 47.8 280
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 1028 44.9 244
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 583 130 453
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 609 180 429
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. Teague 272
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 221
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Minnesota Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Minnesota Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 108.6 Points For
Minnesota Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 107.1 Points Against
Minnesota - FG% 47.6 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 45.7 FG%
Minnesota - Reb 41.8 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 44.1 Reb
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Minnesota Minnesota Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Minnesota - Points For 107.6 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Minnesota - Points Against 105.1 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 46.1 FG%
Minnesota - FG% 47.4 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 43.3 Reb
Minnesota - Reb 41.1 Reb