Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Is It Safe to Back the Home Underdog?

The Timberwolves head to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Friday night. Handicapper Matt McCuen breaks down the game and gives his pick here.
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Fri, January 7, 1:00 PM EST | 4 min read
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Is It Safe to Back the Home Underdog?

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Start Time, where to Watch, and Odds

When: Friday, January 7

Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

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Thunder vs. Timberwolves Prediction

The NBA returns on Friday night as we see a fairly loaded slate for today. We are looking to stay hot on the NBA slate this week, and I found a play I love for us tonight. We will see a Western Conference affair as the Minnesota Timberwolves will face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Timberwolves have had an up and down season that has been mixed with injuries and covid issues like the majority of NBA teams. The T-Wolves overall sit at 18-20 and ninth in a jam-packed western conference and will look to get in a position to play in the postseason.

The Wolves have an excellent three-headed monster in the young star Anthony Edwards, Deangelo Russell, and veteran star center Karl Anthony Towns. The roles players for the Wolves have also stepped it up this season and are a massive part of the team's success to this stage in the season. The Thunder came into the year understanding that there would be some bumps in the road in a rebuilding process. Josh Giddey was the team's top pick, a former star of the NBL Austriallas professional basketball league. Giddey has been great for the Thunder and just became the youngest player in the history of the NBA to record a triple-double. The Thunder also represent great young talent in star guard Shai Gilgous-Alexander who has been putting up all-star kind of numbers this season. The Thunder sit with an overall record of 13-24, but they have proved to be gritty and fight in most games this season.

In this match-up, the play I am going with is the Oklahoma City Thunder plus the six points. Let me walk you through why I love the Thunder as a home dog tonight and think they win this game outright. The first time these teams played this season was a close competitive game that Minnesota won at home by eight points.

The Thunder will have revenge on their minds in this game tonight, and I love fading the winning team after a head-to-head. The guard combination of Giddey and SGA gets better every game for OKC, as I love the way these guards play together. I believe the lack of defense that Minnesota presents favors Oklahoma City as a dog tonight. The final reason is this team just plays hard every single night, something that will not show up in a stat sheet but something to value as a bettor. In the NBA regular season, this is hard to come by, but this team has a lot of young players trying to establish themselves in the league. The effort this team plays with night in and night out is something that gives them an advantage as the underdog tonight. I expect tough defense from the Thunder and good effort at home in front of their crowd all night long. I will back the dog here tonight in a game. I would advise sprinkling some on the money line as well for the upset.

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Matt McCuen
@DeadPresPicks

Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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