Clippers Have a Secret Weapon For the Playoffs

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The Los Angeles Clippers are on the road tonight in a win-or-go-home play-in game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves are three-point favorites right now at WynnBET Sportsbook with a total of 230.

However, I think that a new addition to the Clippers makes them a much more dangerous opponent heading into this must-win game. 

That new addition is Norman Powell. While technically not a “new addition” to the team, as Powell has played dozens of games for the Clippers this year, he hasn’t been on the court in a while. Powell returned to action for LA last Wednesday after missing around two months due to a fractured bone in his left foot.

The timing couldn’t have been worse as the Clippers were on a run towards the playoffs and Powell was playing better and better. He averaged 19.1 points per game in January with 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Before getting hurt in February, Powell was averaging 23.3 PPG with 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. 

However, it appears that Powell has picked up right where he left off. In his two games back to end the regular season, Powell averaged 22 points per contest. Worth noting that he played just 23 and 22 minutes in those two games. Meaning he scored around a point per minute while on the floor. Powell hit his first six shots in a row to help the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 113-109 on Wednesday. He also shot 90 percent from the free-throw line and went 4-for-6 from downtown. Prop bettors take note that he has seven total threes in his two games back. While his rebounding numbers could be better, there is no doubt that Powell is locked in on offense. 

He could be a massive boon for the Clippers should they move onto the Playoffs with a win tonight. LA also saw the return of Paul George last week after missing three months with a torn ligament in his shooting elbow. The pair are on fresh legs and could cause a lot of problems for teams in the opening rounds of the NBA Playoffs.