Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder (25-14) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21) tonight in the first game since the Timberwolves fired head coach and president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday.
The last time these two teams faced off was on December 23, with the Timberwolves winning 114-112. Andrew Wiggins led the Wolves with 30 points and Paul George led the Thunder with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
Minnesota enters the game on a two-game winning streak, but they have been only 5-15 on the road. Oklahoma City has struggled a bit recently and they are looking to get past their most recent loss. They are 13-5 at home and are currently in third place in the Western Conference.
Time: 8:00pm ET
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Channel: NBA TV
Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup
The Oklahoma City Thunder had won three straight until they played the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Surprisingly, the Thunder got steamrolled by a Wizards team without John Wall.
While Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists, he struggled from the field yet again and he turned the ball over eight times.
Starters Paul George, Jerami Grant, and Steven Adams all reached double-digit scoring, but they didn’t get the extra scoring punch from their bench that they expect.
After playing the Timberwolves tonight, the Thunder have two games back-to-back with the surging San Antonio Spurs, who have won five straight.
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
The Tom Thibodeau era in Minnesota is officially over after three years, and interim coach Ryan Saunders takes over tonight.
Despite the firing on Sunday, the Timberwolves are entering tonight’s game after winning their last two, 120-103 over the Orlando Magic, and a 108-86 thrashing of the Lebron James-less Los Angeles Lakers.
Karl-Anthony Towns gave the Lakers fits in his 28 point, 18 rebound performance, and Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 28 points. Jeff Teague also returned and had a 15 point, 11 assist, six rebound performance.
Minnesota is probably still looking for more from Dario Saric, who’s numbers have decreased since the trade from Philadelphia.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds
Oklahoma City is a heavy -8 point favorite for tonight’s game. The over/under is 228 points and there’s been minimal movement on the moneyline since Oklahoma City opened at -360. They are now live at -350.
The Thunder are 109-46 at home and 159-73 as the favorite. Minnesota is 48-98 on the road and 46-113 as the underdog.
DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Russell Westbrook and Karl-Anthony Towns are fantasy studs for this game. Westbrook ($11.8k), regardless of shooting struggles, puts up big numbers across the board, and FanDuel has him slated for 56.72 points. Towns is coming off a big performance, and he is projected for 48.76 points.
At their current salaries, Jerami Grant ($5.6k) and Andrew Wiggins ($6.5k) are fantasy values. Grant is projected for 25.04 points and Wiggins is projected for 30.74 on FanDuel tonight.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.