The 20-31 Minnesota Timberwolves will be the road team when they face the 39-15 Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Oklahoma City is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The odds from this NBA game have the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -13 points with an over under line of 204 points. Early money has been under money as the total opened up at 204 ½ points when the line opened up.
The teams have met twice this season with each team winning and covering the point spread on their home court. Each game played under the total.
The Timberwolves has a road record this season of 7-18. They entered the All Star break losers of seven of their past nine games. The Timberwolves return to the court on Wednesday in a 94-87 home win against the Philadelphia 76ers as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The total land under 186 points. Minnesota jumped out to the 56-41 lead at the half in the win. They shot 40% from the floor and made 5 of 13 from three. The team crushed the 76ers on the glass by a 51-39 margin and allowed Philadelphia 38.3% from the field. Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and 18 rebounds on 9 of 16 shooting. Minnesota has struggled with scoring with injuries greatly impacting this team. Kevin Love is about a month away from returning to the lineup and there is no time table for Chase Budinger’s return to the lineup. Minnesota is in the lower third in the NBA in all four key offensive categories this season which are points per game along with field goal, three point and free throw shooting.
The Thunder is 23-4 on their home court on the year. They are on a three game losing streak. They return from the break with a 122-119 road defeat on Wednesday to the Houston Rockets as a -3 point betting favorite. The game ended over 220 ½ points. Oklahoma City blows a lead late and allowed 65 second half points to the Rockets in the loss. The Thunder shot 48.3% from the floor along with 11 of 28 from three. They give up 47.8% shooting to the Rockets, pulled four more rebounds than Houston and still lost as OKC turns the ball over 22 times. Russell Westbook had 28 points with ten rebounds on 8 of 20 shooting. Defense has been an issue for this Thunder team during their losing streak as they have given up 109 points or more in all three losses.