Thunder vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 4/14/23

Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)

Game Info: Friday, April 14, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in the West NBA Play-In at the Target Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 117.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.4 points and 5.5 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 16.6 points and 6.2 assists. Jalen Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 115.8 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.6 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.4 points and 4.9 assists. Mike Conley is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game.

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The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Timberwolves are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 road games. The under is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 overall. The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the better team on paper and should be favored at home with the rest advantage. However, as I've mentioned all year, the Oklahoma City Thunder continue to cover numbers, and they don't go away quietly. OKC loses on the road by an average of 2.8 points and in the underdog role by an average of 1.9 points. The road team has also won 3 straight games between these teams and 6 of the last 9 meetings overall. I'll keep grabbing the points with the Thunder. 

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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5

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