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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The NBA betting slate features a clash between Oklahoma City and Minnesota on Friday, with the host Thunder trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.
Supporters of the Timberwolves have seen them go 20-31 and 23-27-1 ATS so far this season, while the Thunder are at 39-15 and 30-21-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Thunder are 28-24-2, while the Timberwolves are 25-25-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Thunder) and the No. 21 (Timberwolves) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 108-97 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 12-rated squad against Minnesota's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 10 in the league with 7.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 5.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, giving up 100 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.
Minnesota won its last outing, a 94-87 result against the 76ers on February 20. The Timberwolves covered in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 181 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Philadelphia was victimized for 27 points and 18 rebounds by Nikola Pekovic as the Timberwolves defeated the 76ers 94-87 in NBA action on Wednesday.
The Thunder were a 122-119 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (241) made winners of OVER bettors. The Thunder got a 28-point performance from Russell Westbrook, who added 10 rebounds, but Houston still ran past Oklahoma City 122-119 on Wednesday at Toyota Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Golden State are 2-8
After playing Philadelphia are 0-10
After a win are 2-8
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Houston are 10-0
After a loss are 7-3
A few Timberwolves at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
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 UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 6-13-1 ATS in its last 20 games
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 when playing Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
Minnesota home to Golden State, Sunday, February 24
Oklahoma City home to Chicago, Sunday, February 24