Thunder vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Can the Oklahoma City Thunder further improve their chances at the 7 seed out West when they go on the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves today at 3:30PM ET?
565 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 566 Minnesota Timberwolves
Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:30PM ET – Target Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Thunder are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Timberwolves. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 230 points. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on the Thunder on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Thunder heating up
After a rough patch, Oklahoma City has managed back-to-back wins and covers this week, including a 123-110 win over Detroit on Friday. The Thunder are 46-33 on the season, 20-19 on the road, 40-39 against the spread and 40-38-1 with the under. OKC is currently seventh in the West, ½ a game ahead of San Antonio and ½ a game behind the Clippers.
Oklahoma City is putting up 114.1 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.3 percent as a team. Defensively, the Thunder are giving up 110.8 points per game while opponents shoot 45.9 percent from the field. Paul George is leading the team with 28.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Russell Westbrook is adding 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.6 assists per contest.
T’Wolves on 2-game win streak
Minnesota has won two straight, beating the Mavericks and Heat this week while covering the spread in both wins. Minnesota is now 36-43 on the season, 25-14 at home, 38-41 against the spread and 43-36 with the over.
The Timberwolves are a respectable offensive team, averaging 112.7 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 113.9 points per game while opponents shoot 46.6 percent from the field. The T’Wolves are backed up with injuries, as five players are out for the rest of the season. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 24.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest while Andrew Wiggins averages 17.9 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games following a win and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games against conference opponents.
The Timberwolves are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games against a winning team and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
Oklahoma City has finally started to look like its old self and the Thunder are clearly the better team. Minnesota is a beat up squad, and while they have looked good the last few games, this OKC team needs to keep winning. The Thunder have the ability to score at a high rate, especially against a poor defensive squad like Minnesota.
NBA Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -6.5