Two completely revamped teams from the Western Conference with identical records but coming off different results in their latest matchups are clashing today, when the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1) are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1).
Date/Time: 10-22-2017, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -4
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 1-1 record so far this season and currently sit on the 10th place of the Western Conference. In their last game they lost on the road against Utah with an 87-96 score. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 25 ppg, 5.5 rebounds and a team high 3 steals per game. He is followed by Carmelo Anthony with 24 ppg, while Russell Westbrook adds 13.5 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 11.5 and in assists made, with 12.5 per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 1-1 record so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the Western Conference. In their last game they won at home against Utah with a 100-97 score. They are led in scoring by Andrew Wiggins with 23.5 ppg and 5 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns adds 19 ppg and a team high 11.5 rebounds per game. Newcomer Jamal Crawford adds 13.5 ppg, while the other All-Star newcomer Jimmy Butler is underperforming with 12.5 ppg on 38.5% from the field.
Last season Thunder led the Wolves 3-1 wins including 2-0 at home. Thunder are 1-0 at home so far this season, while Wolves are 0-1 on the road. Minnesota are better offensively, scoring 99.5 ppg to Oklahoma’s 96, while Oklahoma have the third-best defense in the league, allowing 90 ppg to Minnesota’s 102. Minnesota have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 44% to Oklahoma’s 42.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.6% to Oklahoma’s 31%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 43 to Oklahoma’s 39.5, and in turnovers committed, with 14.5 to Oklahoma’s 18.5, while Oklahoma are slightly better in assists made, with 20.5 to Minnesota’s 20. Thunder want to bounce back after the loss in Utah while the Wolves still haven’t found their footing this season. Expect a Thunder win by more than 4 points today.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -4 (-107)