Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 4/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (44-37) at Minnesota Timberwolves (16-65)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder invade the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost five of their last seven games and will need to win the last game and hope the Pelicans lose theirs, for them to sneak into the playoffs. In a must-win game on Monday, the Thunder beat the Trailblazers by 101-90 thanks to 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Russell Westbrook and 27 points and 13 rebounds from Enes Kanter. Right from the tipoff, the Thunder looked like the more desperate team and they were able to push out to an early double digit lead before cruising in the tight second half. It's unfortunate that the Thunder are still battling for the last spot in the Western Conference but they have no one to blame as they've really let some easy games in their run towards the playoffs and it looks like it could cost them the season.
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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves will just be looking to avoid a 12th straight loss after falling to the Pelicans in a 100-88 loss on Monday. Zach LaVine led the team with 24 points and seven assists, Chase Budinger added 18 points while Andrew Wiggins had 15, but the Wolves were always out of their depth playing against an in-form Pelicans team battling for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. With the loss, Minnesota drops to 16-65 on the season which is ranked dead last in the league, putting them in prime position for the top pick in the upcoming lottery.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Wolves are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Minnesota but the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Usually, taking the double-digit start would be the safer pick in most NBA games, but we have an interesting situation where the Thunder could be playing for their playoff lives, while Wolves fans may be wishing their team would lose to maximise their chances in the upcoming NBA draft. With that being said, I'm taking the Thunder in this one for sure.