Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-2)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the site where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (9-11) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-16) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Minnesota as 2-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 219.5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the San Antonio Spurs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 111-108 in their last game. Minnesota ended having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (43 out of 94) and converted 13 of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Timberwolves knocked down 9 of their 11 shots for a rate of 81.8%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 49 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 22 assists for the matchup while having 6 steals and 9 rejections. Concerning defending, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 44.8% from the field on 43 out of 96 shooting. San Antonio earned 28 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Spurs snagged 45 rebounds (7 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 6 rejections. San Antonio walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 18 of 24 attempts. They also made 7 of 26 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Malik Beasley is a guy who came through in the game. He left the arena with 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 31:42 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. Beasley shot 66.7% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this game for the Timberwolves was D'Angelo Russell. He had 2 rebounds and also earned 5 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the field for this game by shooting 8-of-20 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Russell was on the court for 31:19 min.
Minnesota will play this game with a win-loss record of 5-16 so far this year. The Timberwolves are shooting 34.0% on shots from distance (245 of 720) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 106.4 pts per game (27th in the NBA) while connecting on 43.4% from the field. They turn the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a squad are committing 21.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 43.9 boards per game and has earned 497 dimes this season, which has them ranked 20th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.9 fouls. They currently rank 19th in the league in allowing assists with 547 surrendered so far this season. The Timberwolves defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.3% (314 of 396) and they relinquish 47.3 boards per game as a team. They are conceding 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 25th in the NBA in PPG allowed (115.4).
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder went home victorious with a score of 104-87 when they faced the Houston Rockets. The Thunder recorded 46 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 51 in the matchup. They also stuffed 5 shots while earning 13 steals for the contest. The Rockets committed 18 personal fouls for the game which took the Thunder to the free throw line for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 22 of the free throw tries for a rate of 84.6%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City converted 10 of their 33 tries (30.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Thunder finished 36 for 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.4%. The Thunder permitted the Rockets to bury 33 of 86 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 38.4% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 26.1% from distance by connecting on 12 out of 46 and finished the game at 9 of 13 at the charity stripe (69.2%). Regarding rebounds, Oklahoma City allowed Houston to grab 41 overall (5 offensive).
Darius Bazley ended up being important for the Thunder for the matchup. He made 6 of 13 in the game for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, which earned him 18 points. Bazley grabbed 12 rebounds in his 34:15 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who came through for Oklahoma City was Al Horford. He walked away with 17 points in his 29:01 minutes on the court via 6 out of 10 from the floor for the game. Horford ended up shooting 60.0% from the floor while contributing 3 assists and 6 boards.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 9-11 on the season. The Thunder commit 18.1 fouls per contest and they shoot 73.0% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 22.2 times per game (28th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.6 times per game. Oklahoma City has totaled 2,141 points this year (107.1 per contest) and they average 44.2 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Thunder are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which has them ranked 23rd in the league. The Thunder defensively are ranked 24th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 114.1. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.0% on shots from distance (269 of 747) and opponents are connecting on 76.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 24.9 dimes and 49.2 rebounds per game, which is ranked 17th and 30th in the NBA. They are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (15th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+2) and under 219.5 points
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