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Struggling Thunder are Becoming Excellent Fade Material

The Oklahoma City Thunder were built to be playoff contenders in the offseason, but the 2017-18 version of the team looks like anything but at the quarter mark of the campaign. Things won’t get any easier for OKC with the talented Minnesota Timberwolves in town on Friday.

MyBookie opened the T-wolves as 5-point road underdogs with a total of 210.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December.
  • The Thunder are 0-6 SU and ATS in their last six games vs divisional opponents.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Thunder' last 16 games with one day off between games.

The Thunder have dropped five of their last six heading into this one and are coming off an embarrassing 121-108 setback to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Oklahoma City allowed the Magic to go on a 26-3 run in the second half to turn a close game into a blowout loss. Don’t fault Russell Westbrook, however, as the reigning MVP totaled 37 points and 11 boards while recording five straight games with a double-double.

Minnesota has traded wins and losses in its last six games and followed up a 92-89 home loss to Washington on Tuesday with a big 120-102 triumph the next night at New Orleans. Jimmy Butler has been a massive addition for the young squad, and the team tends to play well when he’s on and take their foot off the gas pedal when he’s off. Butler collected 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting on Wednesday after going 5-of-17 from the floor in Tuesday’s loss.

The Thunder have been a terrible wager as favorites of five points or less of late. In their last 10 when facing spreads of -5 or less, the Thunder are 1-9 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Oklahoma City Thunder as -3.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 211 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 106-105 result in favor of the Thunder today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 9-11-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 8-12 ATS. Minnesota is 10-11-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Oklahoma City is 7-13 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Thunder - Timberwolves betting odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power rankings. Oklahoma City is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 21-rated NBA squad against Minnesota's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 13 in the league with 10.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 8.32 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points leading the Timberwolves to a 120-102 victory over New Orleans at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday.

Russell Westbrook was dynamite, scoring 37 points and adding 11 rebounds but Orlando still won, 121-108, over Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Amway Center.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Minnesota's last 15 games
  • Minnesota is 8-13-2 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Oklahoma City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Oklahoma City's last 22 games
  • Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Los Angeles, Sunday, December 3rd
Oklahoma City home to San Antonio, Sunday, December 3rd

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