The Oklahoma City Thunder (11-5) will head on the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-4) in their final game of the NBA In-Season Tournament group stage. The Thunder have already been eliminated from advancing to the knockout rounds with a 1-2 record, but the Timberwolves are still alive as they sit 2-1 in second place behind the Kings in West Group C. Tipoff for this game is slated for 8 p.m. ET tonight from Target Center.
The Timberwolves are 3-point favorites at home tonight according to DraftKings Sportsbook, priced at -155 on the moneyline. The Thunder are underdogs coming in at +130. The point total is set to 229.
Thunder vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Thunder +3
The Thunder, though already eliminated from advancing out of the group stage, have been playing extremely well recently especially on the road. It’s one of the best starts to the season they’ve had in a long while, going 11-5 overall and a blistering 6-1 on the road as they sit in second place in the Western Conference. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is tearing it up with an average of 30.4 points per game, good for fourth in the league, while adding 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He leads the team in each of those categories while Chet Holmgren leads the team with 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, adding 18.1 points per game of his own.
The Timberwolves are also having a solid start to the season, going 12-4 as they sit at the top of the Western Conference standings at the moment. They’re formidable at home, going 7-1 at Target Center so far. They’ll have to rely on their defense tonight as they’ll be going up against one of the best offenses in the league.
In the end, I’m backing the Thunder to get the win and cover the spread as they’ve just been playing extremely well on both ends of the court. Both teams are flying high at the moment, but take the Thunder to hold the edge and cover on the road tonight.
Over/Under: Over 229
The Thunder are fresh off a 127-123 loss to the 76ers, but cleared the over of 231 by a whopping 19 points. They’ve gone over the total in four of their last five games, while the Timberwolves have done it four times in their last six. With such potent scorers on both sides of the matchup, take the over in the group stage finale tonight.