Minnesota Timberwolves (13-9) at Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5 -- Over/Under: 211 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 107.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.4 points and 11.7 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 19 points and two assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.5 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last eight road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a bounce back victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.4 points and 9.5 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last seven home games.
The Timberwolves are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
These are two teams I try my best to avoid until they get out of these funks. The Timberwolves can't string wins together, and it's been a few years now, I'm almost ready to give up on this squad while everybody is drooling over the potential of guys who just can't figure it out. The Thunder are the most disappointing team in the league. In terms of this game, the Thunder have played their best ball at home and this could be a turning point in the season after Westbrook looked depressed after the Magic loss and Billy Donovan called his team out after the game. This could be where guys start to change things around and trust teammates more. It's not working, change it up. I don't love either of these teams, but I trust OKC at home more.