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NBA betting line favors Timberwolves over Thunder

Oklahoma City ThunderMinnesota Timberwolves
25-7January 04, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center16-16

The Timberwolves hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Saturday as the Thunder pay a visit to Target Center in NBA betting action.

The Timberwolves bring a 16-16 record (18-14 ATS) to the battle against the 25-7 Thunder, who are 17-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 16-16 so far and the Thunder go 16-16. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Thunder before tip-off in this one found them as 1-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 208 at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Timberwolves at No. 4 and the Thunder at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-99 result in favor of the Thunder.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 95-93 loser as they battled the Nets at home. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a 12-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Thunder endured a 95-93 loss at the hands of the Nets on Thursday, despite a 24-point effort from Kevin Durant at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Timberwolves were a 124-112 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pelicans. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (236) made winners of OVER bettors. Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points leading the Timberwolves to a 124-112 victory over New Orleans at Target Center on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 106.72 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 8 at 97.5 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 43.27% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 47.07% per game.

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Boston, Sunday, January 5th
Minnesota at Philadelphia, Monday, January 6th