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Thunder Timberwolves Betting Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesOklahoma City Thunder
Jan 9, 8:00 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

16-15TEAM RECORD26-8

The Thunder hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Timberwolves pay a visit to Chesapeake Energy Arena in NBA betting action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder are 26-8 so far on the season, and 19-13-2 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 16-15 and 17-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 17-16-1 and the Timberwolves go 16-15 on the totals.

View Minnesota vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Thunder sat as 11-point favorites. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 197.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunder at No. 2 and the Timberwolves at No. 8 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 107-99 result in favor of the Thunder.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 11-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 2-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 12 in the league with 7.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 27 with 5.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.2 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 108-103 result against the Hawks on January 8. The Timberwolves covered in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 211 combined points took the game OVER the total. Atlanta was victimized for 25 points and 18 rebounds by Nikola Pekovic as the Timberwolves defeated the Hawks 108-103 in NBA action on Tuesday.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 101-99 loser on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Oklahoma City got 29 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 101-99 loss against Washington on Monday at Verizon Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing New Orleans are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing LA Lakers are 9-1
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Timberwolves at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Oklahoma City is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at New Orleans, Friday, January 11
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, Friday, January 11