Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/7/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/7/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder (13-24) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (18-20)

Game Info: Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)

Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +5.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after losing four of their last five games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.2 points and 3.5 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.3 points and 3.5 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 99.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 22.6 points and 4.7 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 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

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The Timberwolves are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Timberwolves last 7 road games. The under is 4-0 in Thunder last 4 overall. The Timberwolves are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City and 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a hit or miss team all year, but they need to win games like this if they're going to make the playoffs, and they win by an average of seven points in the favorite role. The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to have issues offensively, they're piling up the losses, and they're losing by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. I prefer the Timberwolves as underdogs, but this is a game they should win comfortably. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5

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