The 53-19 Oklahoma City Thunder will hit the road when they face the 25-45 Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip time from Minnesota is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA pro basketball odds from this game has the road team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -7 ½ points with an over under line of 203 ½ points. There has been no line movement since the odds were released a few hours ago.
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between OKC and Minnesota with each team winning and covering the spread in their home court. Two games were played in Oklahoma City and one was held in Minnesota.
Oklahoma City has a road record of 21-14 on the year. The Thunder wins their third straight and sixth in eight games after a 103-80 home victory against the Washington Wizards as a -14 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed under 198 points. It was a big second half for the Thunder as they outscore the Wizards 50-35 at the half. They shot 46% from the floor and made 8 of their 14 three pointers. OKC held Washington to just 32.1% shooting as well as 5 of 20 from three point distance. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 21 points and four assists making 5 of his 8 shots and 10 of his 11 free throws. OKC is a top five offense in all five key categories which are field goal, three point and free throw shooting as well as points per game. On defense the team surrenders 42.6% shooting to opponents good for second in the league in defensive field goal percentage. Oklahoma City trails San Antonio for the top spot in the Western conference by 1 ½ games with 10 games remaining.
The Timberwolves are 16-18 playing on their home court. They come off the 120-117 home defeat on Wednesday to the LA Lakers as a +4 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 205 ½ points. Minnesota connected on 46.4% from the floor and made 5 of 17 of their three pointers. They forced 21 Lakers turnovers and fail to win because the Timberwolves gave up 43.7% shooting and 10 of 22 from three to Los Angeles. Nikola Pekovic led the team with 19 points and 16 rebounds in a losing effort. With Pekovic and Chase Budinger healthy and back with the Timberwolves we have seen an upsurge offensively as the team has averaged 109 points a game. Minnesota all season has struggled from three as the team ranks 30th and last in the NBA by making 29.9% from beyond the arc.