Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/4/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma City Thunder (20-42) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (34-29)
Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5 -- Over/Under: 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 winning five of their last seven games. The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 113.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.5 points and 3.9 assists, while Anthony Edwards is averaging 21.4 points and 3.7 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 23.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Bazley is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Thunder are 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 home games and 35-17-4 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The over is 36-16 in Timberwolves last 52 overall. The over is 5-0-1 in Thunder last 6 overall. The Timberwolves are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City and 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I'm much more comfortable with the Minnesota Timberwolves as either underdogs or small favorites, but this line is an indication of just how bad things have gotten for OKC. The Oklahoma City Thunder are not only piling up the losses, but they're losing their last five games by an average of 6.6 points, and they lose at home by an average of 5.5 points. If the Timberwolves are really taking that next step and ready to be a playoff threat, they take care of business here. I'll lay the points.
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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves -7.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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