Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves -Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/1/13
Minnesota Timberwolves (8-9) at Oklahoma City Thunder (11-3)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another dramatic win when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to town tonight.
Russell Westbrook delivered the clutch shot of the season in his last time out when he drilled a game-winning three pointer in the corner to lift the Thunder over the Warriors 113-112 in overtime on Friday. Westbrook finished with a game-high 34 points on 10 of 25 shooting, while Kevin Durant added 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. On the defensive end, the Thunder could do little to stop Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry, who combined for 58 points, so they definitely have some game tape to study, but the bottom line is that the Thunder are still a perfect 8-0 at home and 11-3 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves had lost five of six and three straight heading into Dallas last night, but were able to win 112-106 thanks to a game-high 27 points from Kevin Martin. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic added 21 points apiece, while Ricky Rubio added 12 points and seven assists. With the win, Minnesota imrpoves to a modest 9-9 on the season and 3-6 on the road. Tonight marks K-Mart's return to OKC after averaging just 14.0 points coming off the bench last season.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games.
Head to head, the Wolves are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall but just 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Wolves and the Thunder last met on Nov 1 and it was Minessota who cruised to a 100-81 victory at home. However, the Thunder were without Westbrook at the time and a lot has changed since his return. OKC are still far from their best form, but they've been running through lesser opponents all season and should be good enough to stay perfect tonight. I don't like the Wolves' chances of winning outright, but I do like them with the points here.