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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-18) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-10)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSN, FSOK
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 110.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21 points and 11.6 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.5 points and 4.6 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost their last five road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 112.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 25.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 20.6 points and 10.4 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 10.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won their last five home games.

The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 Sunday games. The over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The under is 16-5 in Timberwolves last 21 road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may be falling apart in the standings during this losing stretch, but a lot of their games have been close and they're only being outscored by 4.8 points in their last five games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a hard fought game against the Utah Jazz last night and now have to travel back home to play a rested Minnesota squad. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won three of the last four games against the Thunder and these games are usually close. I'll side with the points in this contest.

Pick:
Minnesota Timberwolves +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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