A pair of Northwest Division teams take the floor in the Land of 10,000 Lakes on the hardwood. The Oklahoma City Thunder is on the road as they travel to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night. Oklahoma City was at home on Friday night as they hosted Atlanta in an interconference contest and rolled to an easy 140-111 victory. Minnesota was at home on Friday night as they hosted Houston in a battle of Western Conference teams, taking a 131-124 defeat. The Thunder owns an 84-36 advantage in the all-time regular season series and have won three straight matchups, including two this season. In the most recent meeting, Oklahoma City took a 117-104 road win on January 13.
Oklahoma City Thunder Playing Second Game of Back to BackOklahoma City was at home as they battled Atlanta in an interconference tilt Friday night. The Thunder entered Friday’s action third in the Northwest Division, 5.5 games behind the Jazz for the top spot. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the Thunder stood seventh, 9.5 games behind the Lakers for the top spot and 5.5 games ahead of ninth-place Memphis. Oklahoma City is 12-10 on the road this season. The Thunder averages 106.2 ppg while allowing an average of 106 ppg in those contests. Oklahoma City is 4-3 in the second game of back to back situations this year and outscore their opponents by an average of 3.8 points per game. The Thunder is 5-4 against Northwest Division teams and holds a +3.4 ppg scoring margin in those contests.
We play together.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 23, 2020
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The Thunder enters this one 17th in the league in scoring offense as they average 109.9 points per game. Oklahoma City is 23rd in rebounding with 43.2 boards a night while ranking 26th in assists by dishing out 21.8 dimes per game. The Thunder stands 11th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 108.1 points per contest. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading Oklahoma City with 19.8 points plus six rebounds per game on the season. Danilo Gallinari contributes 19 points plus 5.8 rebounds per game while Chris Paul chips in 17 points plus 6.4 assists a night. The Thunder can look to Steven Adams (11.3 points, 9.7 rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (18.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists) in order to get their offense going. Terrance Ferguson, Mike Muscala, Abdel Nader and Darius Bazley all have to contribute for the Thunder to have success. Oklahoma City is tied for 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.9 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Thunder is tied for 24th in threes made per game as they drain 10.4 per contest while ranking 20th by hitting 34.7 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trying to Get UntrackedMinnesota was in action at home against Houston hoping to snap a seven-game skid. The Timberwolves entered Friday in the basement of the Northwest Division, 16 games behind the Jazz for the division lead. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the team is tied for 13th, 5.5 games behind the Spurs for the final playoff spot. Minnesota is just 6-15 at home this season. The Timberwolves average 108 points per game while allowing 112.3 points per game in those situations. Minnesota is 2-4 in the second game of back to back situations this season while getting outscored by an average of 5.3 points per game. The Timberwolves are 2-8 against Northwest Division opponents and have been outscored by an average of 4.5 points per game in those contests.
Wiggs.— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 23, 2020
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The Timberwolves enter this one 15th in the league in scoring offense as they average 111.1 points per game this season. Minnesota is eighth in the league in rebounding as they collect 46.1 boards per contest and 20th as they dish out 23 assists per game. The Timberwolves are 25th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 114.6 points per contest. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 26.5 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins contributes 22.4 points a night while Robert Covington (12.7 points), Jake Layman (10.5 points) and Shabazz Napier (9.4 points) are solid scoring options as well. Shabazz Napier, Allen Crabbe, Jarrett Culver and Gorgui Dieng are other guys that need to contribute. Minnesota is tied for 28th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.3 percent from the floor this season. The Timberwolves are tied for 7th by knocking down 12.8 threes per game while the team is 29th by shooting only 32.5 percent from beyond the arc as a team this season. Layman (toe) remains without a firm timetable, making him likely missing for this contest. He has returned to shooting at practice but hasn’t played since November 18.
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