Pointspread favors Thunder in battle with Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The Timberwolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Thunder tip off at Target Center on Friday in NBA play.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Timberwolves are 25-45 so far on the season, and 33-36-1 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 53-19 and 42-27-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 33-36-1 and the Thunder go 33-36-3 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Timberwolves as 8.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 205.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 21 and the Thunder at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 108-96 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Thunder rank No. 7 in the league with 43.4 per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is the NBA’s No. 28-ranked team at 5.4 per game, while the Thunder rate No. 13 with 7.3 per contest.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 98.8 points per game when playing on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 23 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 103-80 winner as they battled the Wizards at home. The Thunder covered in the match as a 15-point favorite, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Thunder blew out Washington on Wednesday, running up the score in a 103-80 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Minnesota was a 120-117 loser in its last match at home against the Lakers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 237 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Minnesota suffered a 120-117 loss against Los Angeles on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Nikola Pekovic in a losing effort at Target Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Milwaukee are 9-1
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Thunder at Timberwolves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games at home
Minnesota is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games at home
Minnesota is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, Saturday, March 30
Minnesota home to Memphis, Saturday, March 30