Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/9/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports OK
Target Center is where the Minnesota Timberwolves (37-29) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-44) on Wednesday.
The Thunder took the court against the Jazz and went home with a loss by a final score of 116-103 in their last contest. Oklahoma City walked away from the game with a 42.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 92) and made 8 of 40 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Thunder knocked down 17 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 89.5%. With respect to rebounding, they collected a total of 47 with 11 of them being offensive. They also dished out 20 assists in this matchup while creating 4 turnovers and getting 11 steals. In the matter of defending, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 44.9% from the floor on 40 of 89 shooting. Utah recorded 48 dimes and had 27 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Utah snagged 37 boards (11 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 9 blocked shots. Utah ended up shooting 76.5% from the charity stripe by making 13 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 23 of their 52 shots from long range. When it comes to fouls, the Thunder ended up finishing with 19 and the Jazz accounted for 11 fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game shooting 47.8% from the field and also distributed 8 assists. He was on the court for 38 minutes and snagged 7 rebounds. He had 33 points on 11 out of 23 shooting.
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Oklahoma City comes into this game with a win-loss record of 20-44 this year. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is collecting 46.0 boards per game and has accounted for 1,379 dimes on the year, which is 30th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Thunder are connecting on 31.2% on 3-pointers (743 of 2,378) and 76.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 102.1 pts per contest (30th in the NBA) while going 42.2% from the floor.
On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder have forced 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.8 fouls. They are conceding 34.5% on 3-point attempts and they rank 15th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.3). The Thunder defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.1% (2,605 of 5,770) and they surrender 48.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 20th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,636 surrendered for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves took home the win by a final score of 124-81 when they played the Trail Blazers. The Timberwolves collected 48 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive boards totaling 67 in the game. They coughed it up 20 times, while recording 10 steals in this contest. The Trail Blazers had 17 fouls for this contest which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 44 attempts. They were able to make 35 of them for a rate of 79.5%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Minnesota converted 13 of 43 tries (30.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Timberwolves shot 38 for 92 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.3%. The Timberwolves permitted the Trail Blazers to convert 23 out of their 83 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 27.7% for the matchup. They finished 25.0% from three-point range by shooting 7 of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 28 of 38 at the free throw line (73.7%). Concerning rebounding, Minnesota allowed Portland to get 34 overall (8 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns was important for the Timberwolves for the contest. Towns recorded 27 points in his 24 mins on the hardwood and totaled 1 assist in the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 14 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and earned 13 rebounds.
Minnesota has a mark of 37-29 on the season. The Timberwolves have committed 21.9 personal fouls per contest and they hit 76.7% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.5 times per game (7th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. Minnesota has accounted for 7,551 pts on the year (114.4 per contest) and they pull down 44.7 boards per contest. As an offense, the Timberwolves are hitting on 45.2% from the floor, which ranks 23rd in basketball.
The Minnesota defense gives up 34.7% on three-point shots (852 of 2,452) and their opponents are making 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 25.7 assists and 46.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 26th and 23rd in the league. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 20th in the NBA in points given up per game with 111.8. They have forced 16.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (13th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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