Thunder vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Oklahoma City (21-4 SU, 16-8-1 ATS, 12-12 O/U) looks for their 13th straight win when they take to the road on Monday night. The Thunder are coming off a 100-92 road win over Atlanta on Wednesday night, giving 5.5, while Minnesota (12-11 SU, 13-10 ATS, 12-10-1 O/U) is coming off a 103-92 loss at Miami on Tuesday, getting 8.5. Oklahoma City takes on Minnesota from the Target Center at 7pmET on Thursday night in Minneapolis.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Thunder opened as a 3.5-point favorite and remained there in most books. The total opened at 198 and remained there in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 83% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Thunder. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Oklahoma City. According to latest NBA trends, Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 Thursday games, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. Minnesota is 15-31 ATS in their last 46 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest.
Oklahoma City takes the best record in the league and a 12-game winning streak into Thursday road contest against Minnesota. Oklahoma City has won 20 of 22 and hasn't lost since Nov. 23. Kevin Durant scored a season-high 41 points in Wednesday's 100-92 victory over Atlanta. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder held off a late rally by the Hawks, and had 13 rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, including 21 in the first half, and 11 assists against the Hawks. Thunder's 12-game winning streak is the franchise's longest since it moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics had a 14-game winning streak in 1996. Minnesota doesn't have the speed and quickness to keep up with the much faster Thunder. They'll hang in the game in the first held and the Thunder will pull away in the second half.
2012 NBA FREE PICK: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -3.5