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Timberwolves face Thunder: NBA odds preview

Minnesota TimberwolvesOklahoma City Thunder
March 25, 8:00 PM | Ford Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

17-55TEAM RECORD46-24

Oklahoma City looks to cover the Thunder-Timberwolves pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 46-24 mark when they host Minnesota in NBA action.

The Thunder are 46-24 so far on the season, and 37-32-1 ATS vs. the number. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 17-55 and 32-40 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 38-32 and the Timberwolves go 34-37-1 on the totals.

View Minnesota vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Thunder installed as 16-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 209.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Thunder) and the No. 20 (Timberwolves) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 107-98 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 104.4 PPG, against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 30 at 107.1 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 46.2% so far, more than the Timberwolves shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 109.2 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 104-96 result against the Mavericks on March 24. The Timberwolves covered in that game as a 15-point underdog, while the 200 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Timberwolves got a terrific 31-point performance from Anthony Randolph but Dallas handed them a 104-96 defeat on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 106-94 winner at home against the Jazz. They earned a push of the 12–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 31 points from Russell Westbrook en route to a 106-94 victory over Utah on Wednesday at Ford Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Utah are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

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

Next up:
Minnesota home to Boston, Sunday, March 27
Oklahoma City home to Portland, Sunday, March 27