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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

January 29, 2024



The top two teams in the Western Conference will face each other on Monday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Paycom Center with the game scheduled to start at 8:00 PM ET on Monday night and will air on Bally Sports North and Bally Sports Oklahoma.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference at 32-14, however, they are coming off a 112-113 loss at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday which also ended their two-game winning streak. The success of the Timberwolves this season can be attributed to their defensive play as they are allowing the fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 107.47 points per game, however, they have been a below-average team offensively because they play at a slower tempo and enter this game averaging the 10th fewest points per game in the league with an average of 113.09 points per game. 

Rudy Gobert is averaging a double-double this season and has been one of the better players on the team as he is averaging 13.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while also leading the team in blocks with an average of 2.09 blocks per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to bounce back following the loss at home against the Spurs when they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma City is tied with Minnesota with the best record in the Western Conference at 32-14, however, they are coming off a 104-120 loss on the road against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday which ended their five-game winning streak. The Thunder have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA as they are averaging the 3rd most points per game in the league with an average of 121.91 points per game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been one of the main catalysts for the success Oklahoma City has had offensively as he leads the team in scoring and assists with an average of 31.1 points and 6.4 assists per game while also leading the team in steals with an average of 2.27 steals per game. 

Defensively, Oklahoma City has also been above average as they are allowing an average of 113.57 points per game which is less than the league average of 113.57 points per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to bounce back from their home loss against the Pistons when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

BookMaker has the Oklahoma City Thunder listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Minnesota has won seven of the last ten while Oklahoma City has won two of the last three meetings. The Timberwolves are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten while the Thunder are 2-0-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 22-22-2 ATS overall, 11-14 ATS on the road, and 6-5 ATS as an underdog this season while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 30-15-1 ATS overall, 16-6 ATS at home, and 20-10 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Both teams enter this game tied for the best record in the Western Conference at 32-14, however, Oklahoma City has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. The Thunder have gone 2-0-1 ATS in the last three meetings and have been one of the best teams at covering the spread in the NBA this season with a record of 30-15-1 ATS overall and 20-10 ATS as a favorite. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3