MIN vs LAC Dream11: The Western Conference Play-in leg will kick off this game. In this game, the seventh-placed Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the eighth-placed Los Angeles Clippers. The winner of the game seals the seventh seed in the First Round of the Playoffs and takes on the Memphis Grizzlies. On the other hand, the losing team will take on the winner of the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Timberwolves are one of the best offensive teams in the league and they keep on dazzling with their superb performances. Their defense has improved for good measure and will be tough to beta for the Clippers in this game. Karl Anthony-Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards form a versatile trio.
On the other hand, the Clippers have been looking much more imposing ever since Paul George is back and with the return of Norman Powell, the team’s offense has seen a much-needed upgrade. George and Powell’s return also bolsters the bench depth but this squad will have to deal with a red-hot offense of Wolves away from home.
Host: Minnesota Timberwolves
Visitors: Los Angeles Clippers
Match Timing: 13 April, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Target Center
The trouble for the Clippers will be containing the spacing created by tremendous shooters like Russell, Anthony-Towns, and Edwards. The thing is that while Russell can deal damage from mid-range, Anthony-Towns and Edwards have strong driving games, so when you come to close out on the three-point line, they can be in a triple-threat situation, well-adept at giving a shot-fake and then going hard at the rim. Thus, the last line of defense needs to be ready and perhaps Ivica Zubac will have his hands full.
The Timberwolves are the fastest paced team and get shots quickly in the shot-clock, but with a perimeter defender like Paul George, they can have trouble advancing the ball at times, this is where both Norman Powell and Robert Covington can be huge helps too. I believe a lineup of Jackson-George-Powell-Covington-Hartenstein/Zubac can be the way forward, considering this lineup has three ball-handlers, three tough defenders, sturdy rebounders, and the team can both engage in the running game and also slow it down.
The Timberwolves are a better three-point shooting team than the Clippers and that is the area that they must tighten on the perimeter. If we talk about all-around players then Edwards and George match up well but George is a better defender even after going into the 30s age-wise. The role of Paul George can’t be stressed enough but last season, Reggie Jackson turned out to be a huge boost in the Playoffs and he can utilize his experience to do so again. Patrick Beverley will play a huge role on the defensive end for the Wolves and Jarred Vanderbilt can provide decent rebounding. However, the Clippers bench has more pieces.
But there is one trump card that the Timberwolves can deploy off the bench, and he is Malik Beasley. Beasley is an elite three-point shooter and for the Clippers, while Luke Kennard brings similar skills, I don’t know from where coach Ty Lue will carve out minutes. Both coaches in Lue for the Clippers and Finch for the Wolves will have to make match-up related decisions time and time and this will be a chess game where we can see some surprising names playing high minutes
Fantasy related tips
Since these are the Playoffs, some players are bound to see fewer minutes than in the Regular Season. If I talk about the main rotation for the Timberwolves, I think it will be composed of Russell-Beverley-Edwards-Vanderbilt-Towns-Beasley-McDaniels sharing major minutes with Russell, Edwards, and Towns playing around 40 minutes. On the other hand, the Clippers can give major minutes to Jackson-George-Morris-Batum-Zubac-Covington-Mann-Powell-Hartenstein with George playing perhaps 40+ minutes.
Minnesota Timberwolves Teams News:
Timberwolves Expected Starting Five
Athletic Wing: SF: Anthony Edwards
Rebounding specialist: PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
All-around Star Center: C: Karl Anthony-Towns
Scoring Guard: PG: D’Angelo Russell
Defensive specialist/all-around Guard: PG: Patrick Beverley
BENCH: Jaden McDaniels, Malik Beasley, Naz Reid, Taurean Prince, Jordan McLaughlin, Josh Okogie, Jaylen Nowell, Nathan Knight, Jake Layman.
Los Angeles Clippers Team News
Clippers Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: PF: Nicolas Batum
Perimeter Shooting Wing: SF: Marcus Morris Sr.
Rebounding specialist: C: Ivica Zubac
All-Around Superstar Guard: SG: Paul George
Primary-Ball Handler: PG: Reggie Jackson
BENCH: Terance Mann, Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Amir Coffey.
Off-guard George can transform the fortunes of the Clippers as a two-way player and he will be willing to take over the game, especially on the offensive end. He can be in 26-35 points, 5-8 rebounds, 4-7 assists, and 1-4 steals range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 45-55
Anthony-Towns has made a case for the All-NBA team as the Center and his versatile skill set has led Timberwolves to the current situation. The sharpshooting big can be in 22-28 points, 9-14 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 1-2 blocks/steals range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-50
Reggie showed the ability to take over games as a scorer during the last Playoffs and he can up his game here too. The Guard can be in 12-19 points and 4-7 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33
Edwards has developed the ability to take over games and his improved shooting has complemented his rousing driving game. The wing can be in 18-24 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-40
Zubac will have to take care of Karl Anthony-Towns in the middle, which doesn’t make for an easy match-up. The Center can be in 10-15 points and 8-12 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
D’Angelo has been off from the field at times but his playmaking abilities and versatile shooting skills will be huge for the Wolves. He can be in 15-21 points and 7-11 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
PG: P Beverley
SG: M Beasley, P George(SP)
SF: R Covington
PF: J Vanderbilt
C: K Towns(PP), I Zubac, I Hartenstein
PG: P Beverley
SG: A Edwards(PP), M Beasley, P George(SP), N Powell
SF: R Covington
PF: J Vanderbilt
C: I Hartenstein
In the first game of the West Play-in leg, wouldn’t you like to catch George’s two-way prowess and Edwards’ high-flying game? In a great piece of news for the NBA fans in India, this game can be seen on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot. However what if you want to catch the full-game replay? If you purchase the annual subscription, you can check into all live games, and apart from that you also can acquire the full game replay if you are not able to catch the live stream. To know the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.