It’s a clash of Northwest Division teams on the parquet floor in the Sooner State. The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the road as they make the trip to face the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night. Minnesota was dropped 121-114 on the road by the Mavericks Wednesday night. Oklahoma City was clipped 107-100 at home by Indiana in their last contest Wednesday night. The Thunder leads the all-time regular season series between the teams. Last season, Minnesota won three of the four matchups but it was Oklahoma City claiming a 132-126 road win in the most recent matchup on April 7, 2019.
Minnesota Timberwolves Look to Gain Ground in Northwest DivisionMinnesota dropped their second straight and their sixth in the last nine games as they were clipped by the Mavericks Wednesday night. The Timberwolves enter this one third in the Northwest Division race, 4.5 games behind the Nuggets for the division lead. In the playoff picture in the Western Conference, Minnesota is seventh, two games ahead of the ninth-place trio of Portland, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. The Timberwolves trailed by five after the opening quarter, rallied to lead by three at the half and were up four after three quarters. Minnesota ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 41-30 to end up with the loss. The Timberwolves shot 41.6 percent from the field, including 17 of 38 from three-point range, but allowed Dallas to shoot 50 percent from the floor. Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns (nine rebounds, seven assists) each had 26 points in the loss for Minnesota.
⛔️ TOSS IT, WIGGS ⛔️ pic.twitter.com/ZNrLfvEkwj— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 5, 2019
The Timberwolves enter this one-seventh in the league in scoring offense as they average 113.7 points per game this season. Minnesota is third in the league in rebounding as they collect 48.3 boards per contest and 18th as they dish out 23.7 assists per game. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 114.8 points per contest. Karl-Anthony Towns is leading the team with 25.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins contributes 24.9 points a night, Jeff Teague puts up 11.8 points plus 7.4 assists a night while Robert Covington (12.6 points), Jake Layman (10.5 points) and Josh Okogie (8.4 points) are solid scoring options as well. Minnesota is 25th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.7 percent from the floor this season. The Timberwolves are tied for 7th by knocking down 13 threes per game while the team is tied for 27th by shooting only 33 percent from beyond the arc as a team this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trying to Gain Ground in Playoff PictureOklahoma City had won two straight and three of four before losing at home to Indiana Wednesday night. The Thunder comes into this contest tied for the basement in the Northwest Division, 6.5 games behind the Nuggets. Oklahoma City led by three after one quarter and trailed by one after three quarters in a tight game. The Thunder held a one-point lead with under three minutes to play but were outscored 12-4 down the stretch to take the loss. Oklahoma City shot 48.8 percent from the field, including nine of 26 from beyond the arc, in the loss. Free throws proved critical in the game as the Thunder was nine of 10 while the Pacers connected on 14 of 17. Steven Adams finished with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Oklahoma City.
The 48 // Thunder v. Pacers pic.twitter.com/x6e13b1yVY— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 5, 2019
The Thunder enters this one 21st in the league in scoring offense as they average 107.1 points per game. Oklahoma City is 25th in rebounding with 42.4 boards a night while ranking 25th in assists by dishing out 22.1 per game. The Thunder stands 12th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 108.3 points per contest. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is second on Oklahoma City with 18.1 points plus five rebounds per game on the season. Danilo Gallinari contributes a team-leading 18.5 points plus 5.6 rebounds per game while Chris Paul chips in 15.1 points plus six assists a night. The Thunder needs more from Steven Adams (10.4 points, nine rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (15.6 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists) in order to get their offense going. Oklahoma City is tied for 9th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.2 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Thunder is tied for 22nd in threes made per game as they drain 10.7 per contest while ranking 16th by hitting 35.4 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5
- Timberwolves are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5
- Timberwolves are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog
- Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 day of rest