In another high-caliber Western showdown for today, the fourth and the sixth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-16), looking to extend their winning streak, are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-19), who want to snap a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 01-10-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves -4
Timberwolves have a 26-16 record (19-21-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Cavaliers with a 127-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 21.5 ppg, adding 5.4 rpg and 5.1 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.2 ppg and a team high 11.9 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.7 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersThunder have a 22-19 record (16-25-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Blazers with a 106-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 24.8 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.6 and in assists made, with 10.1 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 20.9 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17.6 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season, Timberwolves lead the Thunder 2-1 wins. Wolves are 15-6 at home so far this season, while Thunder are 8-11 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 108.4 ppg to Thunder’s 102.3, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 99.2 ppg to Wolves’ 105. Wolves have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.5% to Thunder’s 45.4%, while Thunder have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.9% to Wolves’ 35.1%. Thunder are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.9 to Wolves’ 41.8, while Wolves are better in assists made, with 22.6 to Thunder’s 21.1 and in turnovers committed (12.9 to 14.4). Wolves are playing much better than the Thunder right now and Vegas odds give them a -4 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -4 (-109)