Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Free Pick
Play On: Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5.
The spot certainly is right for Minnesota. The Timberwolves catch the Thunder traveling without rest after posing a huge 103-94 nationally televised home win against the Cavaliers.
Kevin Durant has been limited to 30 minutes a game since returning from a broken foot. He may play even less minutes in this game since it’s a back-to-back situation for Oklahoma City.
The Thunder do not have a good track record versus bad teams going 1-7-1 ATS the past nine times on the road when facing a foe with a losing home mark.
The key question is are the decimated Timberwolves still good enough to keep this game close enough to cover? The Timberwolves are relying on a lot of youth because of Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin all being out. Veteran point guard Mo Williams isn’t likely to play either.
But the Timberwolves didn’t have any of these players when they held the Trail Blazers to a season-low 38.8 percent shooting in a 90-82 home win this past Wednesday. So the Timberwolves are capable of winning outright by nearly double-digits against an elite opponent if that opponent comes in flat.
Up-and-down rookie Andrew Wiggins has been hot lately shooting 17-of-35 from the field during his last two games.
The Timberwolves have enjoyed good point spread success versus Oklahoma City, too, covering nine of the past 13 times.
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