Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (9-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Target Center to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are finally getting healthy and getting some wins on the board, winning six of their last seven and their last four straight after taking down the Cavaliers by 103-94 last night. Russell Westbrook led the way with 26 points and eight assists while Kevin Durant added 19 points as the Thunder recovered from a slow start to beat the Cavs who were playing without LeBron James. With Durant still under a strict minutes restriction, we haven't quite had a chance to see the Thunder at their best this season, but that just makes the team's recent success all the more encouraging. With the win, OKC is now 9-13 overall and 6-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been struggling all season, but are coming off a surprise victory, beating the Trailblazers by 90-82 on Wednesday to snap a six-game win streak. Andrew Wiggins had one of his best games of the season, scoring a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds while Corey Brewer added 19 points, but this win was about the defense the Wolves played on LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard who combined for just 28 points on 12 of 38 shooting. With double teams, trapping and general ball pressure, the Wolves were able to hold the Blazers to just 16 points in the first quarter and a season-low 51 points after three quarters which is impressive for a Wolves team that ranks 29th in the league in points allowed at 108.8 points per game.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-8 ATS in their last nine after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, while the Wolves are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings and just 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Minnesota.
The talent disparity between these two teams is enormous so it's no surprise that the Thunder are favored by almost double digits. However, the Wolves are coming off their best win of the season and should be able to stay relatively close with the Thunder who are still finding their feet with a full roster.