The Minnesota Timberwolves (32-14) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-14) on Monday, January 29th. This game will be played at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City and televised on BSO. Both the Timberwolves and Thunder will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Timberwolves vs Thunder
The Timberwolves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Timberwolves conveyed a message to the Spurs with a score of 113-112. Going into the second half the Timberwolves held the lead at 64-52.
On the road, the Timberwolves are 15-10 this season and have a 17-4 record at home. Overall, they are 32-14 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
Minnesota has an ATS record of 22-23 for this season, which includes their current two game losing streak against the spread. The Timberwolves have failed to cover the spread in two straight games as the favorite and are 5-4 vs. the spread as the underdog.
The Thunder Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Thunder conveyed a message to the Pistons with a score of 120-104. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the Thunder lost vs. the spread as -12.5 point favorites. Concerning the over/under, the total of 224 points remained below the established over/under line of 237.
Heading into today’s action, the Thunder have an overall record of 32-14 and are 2-1 in their last three games. On the road, the Thunder are 15-9 this season compared to 17-5 at home.
Oklahoma City comes in with an overall ATS record of 31-15 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Thunder hold an ATS record of 15-9 in contrast to a 16-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
This season, the Minnesota offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 113.1 points per game.
Minnesota’s offense is 22nd in the NBA this season, averaging 113.1 points per game. On the road, they are scoring 113.4 points per game.
So far this season, the Timberwolves have outscored the NBA average in 43.5% of their games. In terms of pace, Minnesota is 25th in the league at 97.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Timberwolves are 8th in the league at 48%. They have been particularly effective from three-point range, ranking 2nd in three-point shooting percentage.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
The Thunder arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 121.2 points per game (3rd).
At home, the Thunder are averaging 123.9 points per game, which is the 3rd highest average in the league. Overall, they are 3rd in the NBA with an average of 121.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 2nd in the league at 50%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Thunder are 3rd in the league in three-point percentage at 38%. However, they are just 17th in three-point attempts per game. In terms of pace, they are 12th in the NBA.
So far this season, the Thunder have outscored the NBA scoring average in 69.6% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 10th in the league, averaging 27.2 per game. However, they are just 29th in offensive rebounds.
Timberwolves Team Defense
This season, the Timberwolves defense has been impressive, holding the 1st position in the league while permitting an average of 107.6 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Timberwolves defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.8% and 35.5% from three-point territory.
Thunder Team Defense
At this time, the Thunder’s defense is positioned 13th in the NBA, permitting 113.0 points per game. Inside the arc, the Thunder defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.3% and 36.1% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Timberwolves And Thunder
For today’s matchup, we project Anthony Edwards to lead the scoring for the Timberwolves, putting up 24 points and shooting at a rate of 9/19. For the season, he has been averaging 25.9 points per game, in addition to 5.2 rebounds.
On the other side, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is our projected leading scorer for the Thunder. We have him ending the game with a team-high 28 and grabbing 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 54.7% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 31.1 points per game.
Timberwolves vs Thunder Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 114 points per game in these contests.
- Across their last three home contests, Oklahoma City has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 117 points per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 2-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Thunder have a straight up record of 8-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 6-4.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Thunder vs. Timberwolves matchup, our bet is to grab the Timberwolves at +2.5. Even though our projections have the Thunder winning 118-117, we see the Timberwolves as the play on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 224.5, and our model predicts the Timberwolves and Thunder to score a combined 235 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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