Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the road once again as they look to win their 4th game in 5 attempts taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder who have 2 wins in their last 3 games. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 04.03.2022 at 8:00 PM
- Location: PayCom Center, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder caused one of the biggest upsets of the NBA season on Wednesday as they beat the Denver Nuggets on the road despite going into that game as 15.5-point underdogs. Tonight it’s going to be a little different as they are only 8-point underdogs, it looks like the bookmakers haven’t been impressed by that upset at all.
The OKC fans won’t mind it though, their team has won 2 of the last 3 games and with leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander back and healthy this team can beat anyone on any given night it feels like it.
They are one of the most reliable teams when it comes to covering the spread this season with a 37-21-4 record, in their last 8 games vs Northwest Division opponents they’ve gone 7-1 ATS and against Minnesota in head-to-head meetings they have 6 wins in 10 games.
Tonight’s game will mean a lot more to the Timberwolves than to the Thunder as Minnesota is still playing for something this season. Currently they are 7th in the Western Conference with a 1 game advantage over the 8th seeded Clippers and with LA winning last night now the pressure is on Minnesota to respond.
The Timberwolves come into tonight’s game in solid shape with 10 wins over their last 14 games, they are also on a 5-game win streak vs teams from their own division and against Western Conference squads they’ve covered the spread in 5 of 6 games.
They’ll be shorthanded for tonight’s game though as Anthony Edwards has been ruled out with a knee injury, so that means the other 2 members of the big 3 will have to do extra work here. Since the all-star break both Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have elevated their level of play, I’m confident they can get the job done here.
With 3 wins in 4 games the T’Wolves are favorites here, they’ve already beaten the Thunder by 8 and 30 points this season. With so much on the line I expect them to bring their A-game here, if that’s the case they should have enough to sort out the Thunder. Patrick Beverly will keep SGA in check, without his production the Thunder have no chance. Back the road team.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions & Odds
Defensively neither of these 2 teams stands out, their last meeting produced 240 points and I think we are in line to see something similar in tonight’s game. The last 10 meetings have averaged 230.3 points per game and the total has gone over in 6 of those.
Bettors have made a ton of money on Minnesota road games this season, this team has gone 25-7 on the O/U away from home and in their last 16 overall they’ve gone over in 13 of them. OKC has gone over in 6 straight and in 11 of 16 against the Timberwolves.
In head-to-head meetings where the Thunder have been the host, the total has gone over in 7 of 8 games. Even if the Thunder rank just 16th in terms of pace this season, Minnesota averages 103 possessions per game which ranks them 2nd in the NBA only behind the Houston Rockets. I think the Timberwolves will push the tempo here which should result in a ton of points scored, so let’s back the over.