Minnesota Timberwolves (5-16) at Oklahoma City Thunder (9-11)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena to do battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled all season as they’ve lost 16 of their first 21 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short against the Spurs in a 111-108 road loss on Wednesday. Malik Beasley led the team with 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting, D’Angelo Russell added 20 points with five assists while Anthony Edwards chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 45 percent from the field and 13 of 33 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in complete control after taking a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to see their work go down the drain as the Spurs went on a decisive 16-4 run to steal the game in a tight finish.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in decent form as they’ve won three of their past five games and they will be looking to stay hot after making light work of the Rockets in a 104-87 home win on Wednesday. Kenrich Williams led the team in scoring with 19 points off the bench, Darius Bazley added 18 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks, Al Horford scored 17 points while Hamidou Diallo chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line, but this win was about their defense as they held the Rockets to just 38 percent shooting while taking command in the third quarter where they held the Rockets to just 15 points. Shai Gilegous-Alexander sat out with a knee sprain, while Luguentz Dort is listed as questionable with knee soreness.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games playing on one days’ rest. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings overall, the Timberwolves are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and the Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Timberwolves have been doing it tough lately, but they weren’t far against the Spurs on Wednesday and could very well pull off the upset here. The Thunder will be feeling good after taking down the red-hot Rockets in their last outing, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been ruled out with a left knee sprain, so the Thunder will be shorthanded here. The Timberwolves are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and I think they can build on that trend as the Thunder will struggle for points with their leading scorer sidelined.