Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 1/7/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Friday, January 7, 2022
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Paycom Center is the site where the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-24) will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-20) on Friday.
The Timberwolves faced off with the Thunder and took home the win by a score of 98-90 in their last contest. Minnesota wrapped up the contest with a 40.0% FG percentage (36 out of 90) and knocked down 12 out of their 44 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Timberwolves made 14 of 20 tries for a rate of 70.0%. Regarding pulling down boards, they earned 55 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 23 dimes in this matchup in addition to creating 7 turnovers and having 11 steals. In relation to defending, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 36.7% from the field on 33 of 90 shooting. Oklahoma City earned 52 assists and had 21 steals in this contest. Moreover, Oklahoma City pulled down 38 boards (14 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Oklahoma City ended up shooting 83.3% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of 18 tries. They also knocked down 9 of their 35 tries from 3-point range. When it comes to fouls, the Timberwolves ended up with 16 and the Thunder recorded 17 fouls.
Patrick Beverley is a player who was a factor in this game. Beverley ended up shooting 54.5% from the floor and also totaled 6 assists. He played for 26 minutes played and grabbed 4 boards. He ended up with 20 points on 6 out of 11 shooting.
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Minnesota comes into this one with a record of 18-20 on the campaign. They cough up possession 15.4 times per game and as a group are committing 22.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is collecting 45.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 903 assists for the season, which has them ranked 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Timberwolves are connecting on 33.6% from downtown (532 of 1,584) and 76.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 108.1 pts per game (14th in the league) while connecting on 43.2% from the floor.
On defense, the Timberwolves are forcing 17.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.0 fouls. They are 21st in basketball in allowing assists with 945 relinquished on the season. The Timberwolves are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (1,460 of 3,263) and they concede 46.3 boards per game as a unit. They are surrendering 33.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 19th in the league in points per game from their opponents (108.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Thunder took a defeat with a final score of 98-90 against the Timberwolves. The Thunder recorded 38 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 52 in the game. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while earning 11 steals in this game. The Timberwolves earned 16 personal fouls in this game which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 15 of them for a rate of 83.3%. With regard to shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City converted 9 of their 35 attempts (25.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Thunder finished 33 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.7%. The Thunder allowed the Timberwolves to make 36 of their 90 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0% in this game. They wrapped up this game 27.3% from distance by going 12 of 44 and finished the game at 14 of 20 from the charity stripe (70.0%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Oklahoma City allowed Minnesota to grab 40 in total (15 offensive).
Kenrich Williams ended up being important for the Thunder in this game. He made 5 of 10 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Williams had 10 points in his 25 minutes on the court and accumulated 2 assists for the game.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 13-24 on the year. As an offense, the Thunder are hitting on 41.3% from the floor, which ranks them 30th in basketball. Oklahoma City has scored 3,683 pts on the season (99.5 per game) and they pull in 46.3 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 20.4 times per contest (30th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.5 times per contest. The Thunder are committing 17.9 fouls per contest and they go 75.6% from the free throw line.
The Thunder are ranked 12th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 106.8. They are able to force 13.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.1% from the floor (5th in the league). The Oklahoma City defense concedes 35.5% on 3-point attempts (513 of 1,447) and opponents are connecting on 76.1% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 24.4 assists and 48.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 21st and 30th in the NBA.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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