Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/5/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports OK
The Oklahoma City Thunder (13-23) are hitting the road to Target Center on Wednesday where they will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20).
The Thunder stepped onto the hardwood against the Mavericks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 95-86 in their last game. Oklahoma City ended the game with a 41.2% FG percentage (35 out of 85) and converted 10 of their 30 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Thunder made 6 of 9 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 41 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 20 assists in the game in addition to creating 3 turnovers and getting 11 steals. When talking about defense, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 44.7% from the floor on 38 out of 85 shooting. Dallas totaled 48 assists and had 28 steals for this game. Moreover, Dallas grabbed 41 boards (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Dallas walked away from this one shooting 71.4% at the free throw line by making 5 of their 7 tries. They also knocked down 14 of 39 tries from long range. In regard to fouls, the Thunder ended up with 16 and the Mavericks had 16 fouls.
Josh Giddey is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. Giddey finished the contest at 43.8% from the floor and also earned 14 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and snagged 13 boards. He racked up 17 points on 7 out of 16 shooting.
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Oklahoma City steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 13-23 on the year. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 17.9 personal fouls per game. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 46.1 boards per contest and has totaled 732 dimes for the season, which is 29th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Thunder are shooting 31.0% on three-point shots (416 of 1,340) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 99.8 points per outing (30th in basketball) while hitting 41.4% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Thunder are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game and they draw 17.5 personal fouls. They rank 15th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 879 relinquished on the season. The Thunder defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.2% (1,424 of 3,221) and they concede 48.5 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 35.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 13th in the league in PPG from their opponents (107.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves went home victorious with a score of 122-104 when they faced the Clippers. The Timberwolves were able to corral 29 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in the matchup. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while earning 9 steals in this contest. The Clippers were called for 20 fouls in the game which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 88.9%. When discussing 3-pointers, Minnesota made 16 of their 45 tries (35.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Timberwolves finished the game shooting 49 for 93 from the floor which had them shooting 52.7%. The Timberwolves allowed the Clippers to make 39 of their 78 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 50.0% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 34.4% from beyond the arc by connecting on 11 out of 32 and ended up going 15 out of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Minnesota permitted Los Angeles to grab 27 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves in the game. He made 11 of 17 in the game giving him a rate of 64.7%, and earned 2 rebounds. Edwards scored 28 points in his 33 minutes on the court and added 4 assists for this contest.
Minnesota has a mark of 17-20 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Timberwolves are connecting on 43.2% from the floor, which ranks them 27th in basketball. Minnesota has 4,010 pts so far this year (108.4 per game) and they collect 45.3 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 23.8 times per contest (15th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest. The Timberwolves commit 22.3 personal fouls every game and they go 76.2% from the free throw line.
The Timberwolves on the defensive end are ranked 19th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 108.9. They are forcing their opponents into 17.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.0% from the field (13th in the NBA). The Minnesota defense allows 33.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (470 of 1,389) and opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their free throw shots. They give up 25.0 dimes and 46.2 boards every game, which ranks them 24th and 22nd in basketball.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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