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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/1/13

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) at Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -2 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Oklahoma

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Minnesota on Friday night to face Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Target Center.

 Head to head, the Thunder are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota while the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/1/13

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 Although they needed extra time to do it, the Minnesota Timberwolves kicked their season off with a victory on Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Orlando Magic 120-115. In a high scoring affair, it was Kevin Love who led the way for the Timberwolves with 31 points and 17 rebounds, which included a late 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, where the home team pulled away from a pesky Orlando squad. Making his Minnesota debut, Kevin Martin also poured in 23 points, including seven in the crucial extra period while another new face, Corey Brewer, chipped in with 16 of his own.

 Thanks to Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to hold off the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in their season opener, coming away with a hard fought 101-98 win. With Russell Westbrook still on the sidelines recovering from an ACL injury,  Durant is going to have to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load in his absence and he didn’t disappoint against the Jazz, scoring 42 points, which included going 22-24 from the charity stripe. Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha also chipped in with 14 points apiece for a Thunder team that struggled shooting from the floor, barley making over 40% for the match.

I could see Kevin Durant going off for another 40 in this one, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough to get the Thunder the win. OKC haven’t covered in their last five attempts in Minnesota and that was with Russell Westbrook and James Harden/Kevin Martin. Minnesota did struggle to put away Orlando in their opener, but the Thunder had their fair share of struggles putting away a Utah team expected to finish at the bottom of the West this season. Along with Portland +7.5 (which is now down to +5) I think this is one of the strongest plays on the board tonight...

Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -2 

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