Thunder vs Timberwolves Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, December 16, 2022

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (11-17) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-15), with the matchup tipping off at 8:00 PM ET from Paycom Center on Friday, December 16, 2022. The Thunder are just 2.5-point favorites in the game. The over/under for the matchup is 233.5 points.

How to bet Thunder vs. Timberwolves

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Thunder as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Thunder have -136 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +115 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233.5 points.

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Thunder vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 16, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSO
  • Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Arena: Paycom Center

Thunder vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends

The Thunder are 17-11-0 against the spread this season. Oklahoma City has won two of the six contests in which it was the favorite this year. Thunder games this year have gone over the total in 16 out of 28 opportunities (57.1%).

In the Timberwolves’ 28 games this season, they have 10 wins against the spread. Minnesota has won 20% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (2-8). Timberwolves games this year have gone over the total in 12 of 28 opportunities (42.9%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Thunder

Thunder Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 26 31 4.6 5.8 1.7 1 1
Josh Giddey 25 14.8 7.9 5.4 0.6 0.5 1
Luguentz Dort 27 14 4.5 2.4 1.1 0.3 1.7
Jalen Williams 24 11 3.2 2.6 0.6 0.4 0.8
Aleksej Pokusevski 25 8.8 5.2 1.9 0.5 1.4 1.2

Timberwolves

Timberwolves Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Anthony Edwards 28 22.5 5.6 4 1.9 0.4 2.5
D’Angelo Russell 27 16.6 3.1 6.3 1.3 0.6 2.3
Rudy Gobert 26 14.1 12.2 0.9 0.9 1.2 0
Jaylen Nowell 28 11.5 2.8 2.1 0.6 0.1 1.2
Jaden McDaniels 25 10.6 3.2 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.1
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Thunder: Ousmane Dieng: Out (Wrist), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: Out (Ankle), Kenrich Williams: Out (Knee), Chet Holmgren: Out (Foot)

Timberwolves: Rudy Gobert: Questionable (Ankle), D’Angelo Russell: Questionable (Knee), Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Calf), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Calf), Taurean Prince: Out (Shoulder), Eric Paschall: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City ranks eighth in the NBA with 115.5 points per contest, but its defense has been less effective, allowing 117.4 points per game (third-worst in league). In home games, the Thunder are averaging 4.5 more points per game (118.1) than they are on the road (113.6). The Thunder’s offense has been less effective over their last 10 games, putting up 113 points a contest compared to the 115.5 they’ve averaged this season.

With 11.4 three-pointers per game, Oklahoma City ranks 19th in the NBA. It owns a 34.1% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 22nd in the league. The Thunder are attempting 60 two-pointers per game this season, which account for 64.1% of the shots they’ve taken (and 73.5% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 33.5 treys per contest, which are 35.9% of their shots (and 26.5% of the team’s buckets).

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

At 114.3 points scored per game and 116.1 points allowed, Minnesota is 12th in the NBA on offense and 24th on defense. At home the Timberwolves are scoring 116 points per game, 3.4 more than they are averaging on the road (112.6). In their previous 10 games, the Timberwolves are putting up 114.3 points per game, the same number of points as their season average.

In 2022-23, Minnesota is 24th in the league in 3-point makes (10.8 per game) and 25th in 3-point percentage (33%). In 2022-23, the Timberwolves have taken 37.5% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 62.5% percent from inside it. In terms of made shots, 25.5% of the Timberwolves’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 74.5% have been 2-pointers.

Thunder vs. Timberwolves Predictions and Pick

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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