Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (0-0)
October 19, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -11.5; Over/Under: +232.5
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The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Target Center on Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to embark on another rebuilding year after finishing with just 24 wins last season which was good for second last place in the Western Conference standings. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with averages 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, Luguentz Dort averaged 17.2 points and 2.5 steals per game, Josh Giddey averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game while Darius Bazley averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. As a team, the Thunder scored just 103.7 points per game while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves made some moves in the offseason and they will be eager to show off their new big-man lineup with Rudy Gobert now in the frontcourt. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with averages of 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, Anthony Edwards averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, D’Angelo Russell averaged 18.1 points and 7.1 assists per game while Malik Beasley averaged 12.1 points per game. As a team, the Timberwolves scored 115.9 points per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 27-11 ATS in their last 38 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on three or more days rest.
Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Minnesota, the Thunder are 5-12-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Minnesota.
It’s hard to imagine anything other than an easy win for the Timberwolves who hold the clear advantage in talent, but they will be going through some growing pains as they figure out how to play with Rudy Gobert in the lineup. The Thunder were plagued by injuries last season, but they are just about at full strength here and I expect them to hang around long enough to get the backdoor cover in the end.