Thunder vs Timberwolves predictions 1/25/20 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -2.5
Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19, 3rd in the Northwest Division) head to Target Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-29, 5th in the Northwest Division). Oklahoma City opens this game as 2.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 222.
The Thunder are covering the spread 66.7% of the time, having gone 30-15-0 ATS. Minnesota is covering 40.5% of the time, going 17-25-2 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
01/24/20 SG Terrance Ferguson Personal is downgraded to out Friday vs Atlanta
01/24/20 SF Abdel Nader Ankle is downgraded to out Friday vs Atlanta
01/22/20 C Steven Adams Ankle is questionable Friday vs Atlanta
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
01/24/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is downgraded to out Friday vs Houston
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 19.8 points per contest in 35.6 minutes per game this year. He averages 3.0 assists per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% for the season while his free throw percentage is 82%. Chris Paul comes into this game averaging 17.0 points per contest while playing 31.8 minutes per night. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per game. He also hauls in 10.9 rebounds per game and dishes 4.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 81%. Andrew Wiggins scores 22.4 points per contest while playing 34.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.1 rebounds per contest and has 3.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder allow 108.1 points per contest which is 11th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 12th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.4 rebounds a game which ranks 11th, and they allow 22.6 assists per game which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Oklahoma City averages 109.9 points per contest, which is 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 9th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 43.2 boards per contest and 21.8 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 23rd with 13.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Timberwolves give up 114.6 points per game, which ranks them 25th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 17th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 23.4 dimes allowed per game and 29th with 48.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Timberwolves are 22nd in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per contest. Minnesota is 15th in the NBA with 111.1 points per contest this season. They are 29th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -3.5. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 29th in the league. They are 8th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest and 20th in assists per game with 23.0. The Timberwolves are 9th in turnovers per contest with 15.3.
The Thunder are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.5, and their defensive rating of 108.7 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 10th. As a team they are 7th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league. Oklahoma City is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league.
Minnesota is 16th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 14th in the league. The Timberwolves are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.7, and their defensive rating of 110.1 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota +2.5 and over 222 total points
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