Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/16/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (11-17) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (13-15)
Game Info: Friday, December 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder -1.5 -- Over/Under: 231.5 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 have lost 6 of their last 9 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost 4 straight games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 114.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 22.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.8 points and 5.3 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 12.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 115.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31 points and 5.8 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The way this line has shifted tells me the Minnesota Timberwolves will likely be without Russell and Gobert, which means they'll be down 3 of their top-4 scorers. If that's the case, give me OKC and the small chalk at home. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been competitive all year, and they actually outscore teams at home by an average of 1.5 points. If the Timberwolves are going to be this undermanned, OKC should win. I'll lay the bucket.
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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder -1.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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