Friday, March 11, 2016
Chesapeake Energy Arena
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, March 11, 2016. The opening line for this game has Oklahoma City as 9 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 212.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 20-45 and a road record of 9-23. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.3 as they are averaging 101.4 points per game while giving up 105.7 per contest. Minnesota is 2-10 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 10-26. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Thunder have an overall record of 44-20 and a home record of 26-8. They currently are 1st in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 110.1 points per game and surrendering 103.3, good for a point differential of 6.9. Oklahoma City has a division record of 10-1 and a conference record of 30-9. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 20.7 points per game while playing 35 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 17.7 points per game in 31 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.7 assists per contest and 10.2 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 55% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Russell Westbrook averages 24.1 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year for the Thunder. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per game and has 10.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Kevin Durant averages 28.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.3 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Minnesota averages 101.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 49.6 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 15 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.8 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the league.
Oklahoma City averages 110.1 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 3rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 56.3 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per contest which ranks them 3rd and 9th respectively. In the turnover department the Thunder rank 26th with 15.7 per game. The Thunder allow 103.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 13th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.3 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.7 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the league. The Thunder force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves average 101.8 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 108.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5.3 per contest. The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 105.9 and a defensive rating of 110.4. In terms of pace they average 95 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 19% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Thunder score 108.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 110 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 1.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 8.6 points per game. The Thunder rating on offense is 112.8 and they have a defensive rating of 105.8. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. Oklahoma City turns the ball over on 13.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 29-35-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 36-26-3 against the over/under
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 26-36-2 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 29-35-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
03/10/16 PG Zach LaVine Shoulder probable Friday vs. Oklahoma City
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
02/19/16 F Nemanja Bjelica Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
03/10/16 G Dion Waiters Personal "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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