Thunder vs. Timberwolves - 3/11/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (20-45) at Oklahoma City Thunder (44-20)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -14 -- Over/Under: 226 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOK
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder clash Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 101.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.7 points and 1.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 17.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.1 assists and Ricky Rubio is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder also need a win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points and 10.5 assists. Serge Ibacka is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.9 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Timberwolves are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Instead of missing with the big chalk, I'm siding with the over. The Thunder will get whatever they want offensively against a Timberwolves team that can't get stops. Also, Minnesota should be able to score against an OKC team that also takes plays off defensively. I like a ton of points to be scored here.