Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Betting Tips and Predictions 3/5/2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota 1.5 point favorites.
The Thunder head into this matchup with a mark of 39-24. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 4.3 as they average 115.2 points per contest while giving up 110.9 per game. The Timberwolves have an overall mark of 29-34. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They total 112.6 points per contest and give up 112.8, which is a point differential of -0.2.
Valuable Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 33-29-0 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 30-31-0 against the over/under
Important Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 32-30-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 34-28-0 against the over/under
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
10/04/18 G Andre Roberson Knee is out indefinitely
03/03/19 SF Paul George Shoulder is questionable Tuesday vs Minnesota
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/03/19 SF Robert Covington Ankle is out indefinitely
Steven Adams comes into this contest averaging 14.6 points per game while playing 33.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 60% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 54%. Russell Westbrook averages 22.4 points per game in 35.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 10.8 assists per contest and 11.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 65%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 17.6 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 23.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 12.3 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 115.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 48.0 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per game, which ranks them 2nd and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 14.1 per game. The Thunder allow 110.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.6 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 25.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 17.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 12th in the league with 112.6 points per game this year. They are 18th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -0.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They are 17th in the league in rebounding with 45.3 boards per game, and 15th in assists per contest with 24.5. The Timberwolves are 27th in turnovers per game with 13.3. The Timberwolves surrender 112.8 points per contest, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 17th and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 25th with 25.6 assists allowed per contest and 19th with 45.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 20th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per game.
The Thunder are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 106.3, and their offensive rating of 110.4 is ranked 4th. They are 3rd in the NBA in pace with 103.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 20th. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA. Oklahoma City is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 16th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 28th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 10th in the NBA. The Timberwolves are 11th in the league in defensive rating with 111.9, and their offensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 22nd. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 100.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 26th. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City +1.5
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