Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/6/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -2
Danilo Gallinari and the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12, 5th in the Northwest Division) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-10, 3rd in the Northwest Division) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday, December 6, 2019. The spread on this game has Oklahoma City as 2 point favorites. The total is set at 224.5.
The Timberwolves are covering 47.4% of the time, having gone 9-10-1 ATS. Oklahoma City covers the spread 60.0% of the time, going 12-8-0 against the spread.
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/4/2019 Jake Layman SF Toe Game Time Decision
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
12/4/2019 Andre Roberson SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
11/25/2019 Hamidou Diallo SG Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jan 4
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 25.9 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 12.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%. Andrew Wiggins comes into this contest averaging 24.9 points per game while playing 34.8 minutes per night. He pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is at 72%.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 18.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.0 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 78%. Danilo Gallinari averages 18.5 points per game while playing 30.0 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.6 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 92%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves allow 114.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.9 rebounds a game which ranks 27th, and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league. Minnesota averages 113.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 48.3 rebounds per game and 23.7 assists per contest, which ranks them 3rd and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 15.6 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 6th with 22.7 assists allowed per contest, and 15th with 45.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 9th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game. Oklahoma City is 21st in the league with 107.1 points per game this year. They are 10th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 16th in the NBA. They are 25th in the league in rebounding with 42.4 boards per game and 25th in assists per contest with 22.1. The Thunder are 22nd in turnovers per game with 14.6.
The Timberwolves are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 108.6, and their offensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 13th. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 104 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 24th. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA. Minnesota is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 18th in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 16th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 16th in the league. The Thunder are 19th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.5, and their defensive rating of 108.7 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 15th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota +2
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