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Thunder are the Worst Bet in the NBA

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If there’s one NBA betting trend you should make yourself aware of, let it be this: the Oklahoma City Thunder are simply awful at cashing spread tickets. The Thunder boast a sparkling 28-12 SU record, good enough for third place in the Western Conference, but are a terrible 16-24 ATS – bad enough to make them the worst bet in the Association.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven games in this matchup.
  • The Thunder are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Timberwolves' last five games on the road.

The good news for Thunder backers is that they’re facing a team that isn’t exactly lighting it up at the betting window either when the Minnesota Timberwolves invade Chesapeake Energy Arena Friday. Minny has dropped eight in a row to sink to 12-28 SU and are 16-23-1 ATS on the year.

The Thunder, who opened as 13-point favorites, have been particularly poor in that spot. Billy Donovan's squad is 0-4 ATS when favored by 13 points or more in their last four games, while Minnesota is 3-1 ATS as underdogs of 13 or higher in their past four as big dogs.

Considering how poorly the Wolves have played and how solid the Thunder have been over the past few seasons, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn the T-Wolves are winless in their last 11 games in OKC.

While the Thunder aren’t much of a spread play, they have been a profitable OVER wager as of late. The OVER has paid out in seven of Oklahoma City’s prior 10 matchups.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Oklahoma City Thunder as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -14.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 207.5 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 108-97 result in favor of the Thunder today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma City Thunder bring a 28-12 record (16-24 ATS) to the battle against the 12-28 Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 16-23-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Oklahoma City Thunder go 16-24 so far and the Minnesota Timberwolves go 19-20-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Minnesota injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Oklahoma City Thunder and the No. 29-ranked Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 2-ranked offense (108.68 PPG) against a Minnesota Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 21 at 102.65 PPG. The Oklahoma City Thunder have averaged 47.51% from the field per game, more than the Minnesota Timberwolves have managed so far this NBA season (44.67% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Andrew Wiggins went off for 28 points and added 2 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Houston defeated Minnesota, 107-104 at Toyota Center.

Oklahoma City got 29 points and 29 rebounds from Kevin Durant en route to a 108-89 victory over Dallas on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Oklahoma City is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 10 games
  • Oklahoma City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Phoenix, Sunday, January 17th
Oklahoma City home to Miami, Sunday, January 17th