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Thunder vs Timberwolves Betting Preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesOklahoma City Thunder
9-9December 01, 2013, 07:00 | Chesapeake Energy Arena11-3

Chesapeake Energy Arena will feature Thunder vs. Timberwolves action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder are 11-3 so far on the season, and 7-7 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 9-9 and 10-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 8-6 and the Timberwolves go 8-10 on the totals.

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds and Stats.

Oklahoma City opened as -8.5-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 209 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Timberwolves, who rate No. 2 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-99 victory for the Thunder.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 112-106 winner on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (218) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Kevin Martin went off for 27 points and added 1 rebound leading Minnesota over Dallas, 112-106, on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 113-112 result against the Warriors on November 29. The Thunder failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 225 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Warriors were burned for 34 points by Russell Westbrook on Friday as the Thunder picked up a 113-112 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 103.5 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 23 at 101.22 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 44.85% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.03% per game.

A few Timberwolves at Thunder trends to consider:
Minnesota is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Oklahoma City
Minnesota is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to San Antonio, Wednesday, December 4th
Oklahoma City at Sacramento, Tuesday, December 3rd