Thunder vs. Timberwolves Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 3/5/19 Predictions & Odds

The Thunder needed a fourth-quarter comeback to squeeze by the Grizzlies as a sizable home favorite on Sunday night and now find themselves as underdogs on Tuesday night in Minnesota. Is it safe to take Oklahoma City tonight as a small underdog?

Game Snapshot

523 Oklahoma City Thunder at 524 Minnesota Timberwolves

8:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Timberwolves are 2-point favorites to beat the Thunder. The total, meanwhile, sits at 231 points and as of this writing, 59% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Thunder to cover the point spread.

Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin

Paul George (right shoulder soreness) is listed as out for Tuesday vs. the Wolves. This is subject to change and comes from the NBA's official injury report, but it's looking like George will miss a fourth straight game. For those already in fantasy playoffs or fighting to secure a spot, this couldn't at a worse time. We haven't heard much about his progress or the severity, so we're still in the dark for the most part. Dennis Schroder is coming off a 17-point, 12-board and 6-assist game and has emerged as the clear beneficiary.

Minnesota Timberwolves Fantasy Spin

Karl-Anthony Towns notched 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in a tough road loss on Sunday. KAT has been on another level in his previous three games, averaging 37.7 points, 18.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists with fantastic offensive efficiency. That's the highest-scoring three-game stretch in franchise history, and some rest during the All-Star break appears to have worked wonders. He finished 12-of-18 from the field tonight despite missing his first few attempts, and is basically locked into top-five value in any reasonable fantasy format.

NBA Betting Trends

Oklahoma City

The Thunder have dropped six straight games at the betting window when their opponent scored 100 points or more in its previous game.

Minnesota

The Timberwolves are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games versus a team with a winning road record.

Prediction

The Thunder have been terrible against the spread of late, failing to cover in seven straight games. They nearly lost to the Grizzlies at home on Sunday night as a 9-point favorite and are terribly inefficient with Russell Westbrook and not Paul George leading the charge. They’re also winless against the spread in their last six games versus the Timberwoles and failed to cover in five of their previous six games in Minnesota. That said, I can’t help but feel that OKC is undervalued in this spot. The underdog is 7-1 against the spread in the previous eight meetings between these two teams and the road side has covered in five of the last seven meetings. The Timberwolves are also just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games coming off a loss and it’s difficult to defeat an opponent three times in one season.

Tuesday NBA Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder +2

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