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NBA Game Preview - Timberwolves underdogs vs Thunder at Oklahoma City

Minnesota TimberwolvesOklahoma City Thunder
March 23, 8:00 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

23-25TEAM RECORD35-12

The Thunder will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena in NBA wagering action.

Oklahoma City battles the Timberwolves, currently with a 23-25 mark (26-22 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 24-23 for the Thunder and 24-23-1 for the Timberwolves.

View Minnesota vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Thunder as 10.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 210.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 9-rated Timberwolves taking on the No. 5-rated Thunder in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 105-99 win for the Thunder on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 2-ranked offense (102.7 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 21 at 98.1 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 47.4% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.6% on average).

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, allowing 100.3 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 116-100 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota got 18 points from J.J. Barea but lost anyway 116-100 against the Spurs on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 114-91 winner as they battled the Clippers at home. The Thunder covered in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 205 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Oklahoma City cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Los Angeles out of the gym and running up a 114-91 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 3-7
After playing San Antonio are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Timberwolves at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Minnesota's last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
Oklahoma City is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Denver, Sunday, March 25
Oklahoma City home to Miami, Sunday, March 25