Oklahoma City at Minnesota NBA Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on April 10, 2017 in

The Oklahoma City Thunder (46-34) head north to face the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) on Tuesday night. The Thunder needed a game-winning buzzer beater to take down Denver on the road, 106-105, on Sunday. The Timberwolves have dropped four in a row, including a 110-109 setback in Los Angeles at the hands of the Lakers on Sunday. Here’s a closer look at the NBA betting preview for the game.

Oklahoma City at Minnesota NBA Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Stream: NBA.tv
Radio: Oklahoma City / Minnesota

Why should you bet on the Thunder?

The Thunder are riding high after Russell Westbrook put up 50 points, 16 boards and 10 assists to get his 42nd triple-double of the season, breaking the record that Oscar Robertson had held since the 1961-62 season. Westbrook scored the last 15 points of the game for Oklahoma City and then drained the game-winner from 36 feet away. Despite Westbrook’s historic night, the Thunder still needed to erase a 10-point deficit entering the fourth period, and the Nuggets went cold, allowing Oklahoma City to come back. They’ll need better work on both side of the ball to beat a plucky Minnesota team on the road.

Why should you put your money on the Timberwolves?

Karl-Anthony Towns put up 40 points for the Timberwolves in a losing effort, along with 21 boards, and Andrew Wiggins edged him with 41. The problems for Minnesota came on the defensive end, as Tyler Ennis came off the bench to score 20, and D’Angelo Russell added 16, playing just hours after finding out about the death of his grandmother. It was Russell’s three-ball at the buzzer that sent the Lakers to victory — a shot that came about after Julius Randle pulled down an offensive board and dished out to his point guard. If the Timberwolves want to beat Oklahoma City, they’ll have to batten down the defensive hatches more securely.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Timberwolves to make a lot of noise next year, thanks to the emergence of Towns, but the Thunder will push for every win possible the rest of the way to secure that playoff positioning. I predict a 104-94 win for Oklahoma City.