Thunder vs TWolves Odds Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be trying to keep their ATS winning streak versus the Oklahoma City Thunder alive on Thursday night as those Western Conference teams meet in an NBA betting matchup.

The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS over their past five games against Kevin Durant and the Thunder despite the fact that they went 0-5 SU in those five contests. In fact, moneyline bettors have seen the Thunder win 12 straight games against the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves bring a 12-11 record (13-10 ATS) to the battle against the 21-4 Thunder, who are 15-8-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 13-10 so far and the Thunder go 12-12-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Timberwolves as 3.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 198 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Timberwolves sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Thunder are at No. 4 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 107-99.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 95.5 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 9 at 96.1 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 43.3% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48.5% per game.

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.7 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 in the league in scoring at home.

Oklahoma City was a 100-92 winner in its last match on the road against the Hawks. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 192 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kevin Durant poured in 41 points for Oklahoma City on Wednesday, as they defeated Atlanta 100-92 at Philips Arena.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 103-92 loser as they battled the Heat on the road. The Timberwolves failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 195 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Timberwolves endured a 103-92 loss at the hands of the Heat on Tuesday, despite a 22-point effort from Andrei Kirilenko at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 10-0

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing New York are 4-6
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

 

A few Thunder at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City at Miami, Tuesday, December 25
Minnesota at New York, Sunday, December 23

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