Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/5/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/5/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (13-23)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Target Center. The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing five of their last seven games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 100.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 22.7 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Bazley is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.5 points and 3.6 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.2 points and 3.5 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

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The Thunder are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 road games. The over is 10-4 in Timberwolves last 14 overall. The Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I've been high on the Minnesota Timberwolves all season, and I'm looking to back them often, but I'm not sure about them being big favorites against anybody. The Timberwolves are inconsistent as all hell, they're still missing key rotation players, and they only win by an average of 0.8 points at home. The Oklahoma City Thunder have also been solid at covering numbers as of late, especially on the road. OKC is 23-13 against the spread on the season. I have to grab the points here.

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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder +8.5

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