Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/5/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (39-11)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to keep Kevin Durant from going off they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The Timberwolves have gone 6-6 in their last 12 games but are coming off a nice 109-99 win over the lowly Lakers thanks to big performances from a couple of key players. Kevin Love continued his hot shooting streak with 31 points and 17 rebounds but the real positive for the Wolves was that Love finally got some help as Kevin Martin led the way with a season-high 32 points on 13 of 26 shooting. With Nikola Pekovic still sitting on the sidelines, Martin will be asked to contribute once again as the Wolves hit the road to take on the Thunder tonight.
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Speaking of the Thunder, Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double on Monday, pouring in 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead OKC past the Grizzlies by 86-77. Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 rebounds but the Thunder actually won the game on the defensive end by holding the Grizzlies to 39 percent shooting from the field and a combined 36 points in the first half. OKC has now won 11 of their last 12 to improve to 39-11 overall and 21-3 at home where they've won their last seven.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a win and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Wolves are just 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Wolves have done well to beat the Thunder in two of the three meetings this season, but the Thunder have won 16 of the past 19 meetings overall and I expect them to improve on that with Pekovic still on the sidelines.