The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Target Center to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 13, 2020.

The Thunder are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night in a game where they missed out on an opportunity to beat the West’s best team as they played without their two All-Star players. The loss was only the third in the last 14 games for the Thunder. Meanwhile, the Wolves are coming off their worst loss of the season. Minnesota got annihilated by the same Houston Rockets team which the Thunder blasted two games ago in Russell Westbrook’s first game back. Oklahoma City defeated Minnesota 139-127 in their first meeting of the season last December 6, 2019, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Basketball Missed an Opportunity

The Oklahoma Thunder missed an opportunity on Saturday night when they hosted the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers who were without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Danny Green. OKC had won 11 out of their last 13 games played and were coming off a win over the Houston Rockets. However, they had a letdown as the Lakers left Chesapeake Arena with a 15-point win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each scored 24 points for the Thunder in the losing effort. Chris Paul added 16 points and 8 assists while Steven Adams had 12 points and 8 boards against the Lakers. However, the Thunder came in flat after an emotional win over the Rockets.

Oklahoma City is ranked 20th in scoring at 108.9 points per game this season. The Thunder are 22nd in rebounding at 43.5 boards hauled per outing and they are 28th in passing at 21.3 assists per contest. The Thunder are ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring defense at 107.4 points per game allowed.

What are the Moneyline Odds?





Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

Basketball Worst Loss of the Season

The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming from a 30-point loss against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Houston was hurting from its emotional loss to the Thunder in their last game and they took out their frustrations on the T-Wolves. It was Minnesota’s worst loss of the season.

Josh Okogie led the Timberwolves with 16 points off the bench. Jarrett Culver had 15 points and 5 assists while Robert Covington had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Wiggin shot just 3-13 from the floor and he finished with a mere 11 points. Naz Reid added 14 points while Gorgui Dieng also had 14 points as well six rebounds for Minnesota

Minnesota is the 11th highest-scoring team in the league this season at 111.8 points per game. They are ranked 6th in rebounding at 46.7 boards grabbed per contest and are 24th in assists at 22.5 dimes per outing. The Thunder are ranked 25th in scoring defense at 114.7 opponent’s points per game allowed.

Basketball Who Wins?

Oklahoma City is 11-3 SU in their last 14 games played. The Thunder are 5-1 SU in their last six games played, an 4-8 SU in their last 12 games played against the Northwest Division. Minnesota is 5-15 SU in their last 20 games played. The Timberwolves are 3-1 SU in their last four games played at home, and 2-11 SU in their last 13 games played against the Northwest Division. Head to head, the Timberwolves are 6-4 SU in their last 10 games played against the Thunder.

The Thunder have been playing well as of late as they have won 11 out of their last 14 games. OKC came out flat against the Lakers and that game came after they beat the Houston Rockets in Westbrook’s first game back. Alexander and Gallinari continue to was hot for the Thunder and I expect CP3 to have a bounce-back game.

Minnesota has played without Karl Anthony Towns since mid-December and he has been a reason why this team is struggling. Andrew Wiggins had an off-night against the Rockets and Minnesota is getting scoring from their bench. However, with Towns still out, this will be a tough game to win for the Wolves.

The Thunder are playing very well right now and the Wolves are struggling to pick up wins without their best player. The Thunder are a solid 9-10 SU on the road this season while Minnesota is just 6-11 at the Target Center this year. I like the Thunder to bounce back from their loss to the Lakers.

Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder

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Basketball Other Bets to Make

The Thunder are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games played. Oklahoma City is 6-0 ATS in their last six games played on the road. The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games played. Minnesota is 3-1 ATS in their last four games played at home, and 4-2 ATS in their last six January games played. Head to head, the Wolves are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played against the Thunder. Minnesota is also 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games played against Oklahoma City.

What are the Spread Odds?


-3 (-110)


+3 (-110)

Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

Minnesota has won three straight games at home after losing nine in a row at Target Center. However, the T-Wolves’ wins have come against teams that are below the .500 mark. On the other hand, the Thunder have won five out of their last six games played on the road. They have beaten much better teams than the Wolves have defeated in recent weeks. OKC is playing much better right now and I’m expecting them to return to the winning column.

Prediction: Thunder -3

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The total has gone under in seven out of the last 10 games played by Oklahoma City. The under is 4-2 in the Thunder’s last six games played on the road, and the under is also 4-1 in their last five games against the Western Conference. The total has gone under in nine out of the last 13 games played by the Timberwolves. The Wolves have seen the total go under in four out of their last five games played at home. Head to head, the total has gone over in eight out of the last 10 games played between these two teams.

What are the Total Odds?


218.5 (-110)


218.5 (-110)

Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

The last three meetings between these teams have produced a total of over 250 points with an average of 258.33 points in their last three meetings. The Thunder are scoring an average of 113.6 points per game in their last five games while the Wolves just gave up 139 against the Rockets. OKC isn’t Houston but they have excellent firepower as well. I like these teams to figure in another high-scoring contest.

Prediction: Over 218.5

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