Monday, October 2 2023

A battle for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference has the Minnesota Timberwolves hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Minnesota has been dominating the series as of late, winning seven of the last eight outings, and on Dec. 16, the Wolves topped the Thunder 112-110. The winner moves on to play the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs. Rudy Gobert (back) and Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) are questionable for Minnesota, while Jaden McDaniels (hand) and Naz Reid (wrist) are out.

Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Caesars Sportsbook lists Minnesota as the 5.5-point favorite in the latest Timberwolves vs. Thunder odds. The over/under for total points is 227.5. Before making any Thunder vs. Timberwolves picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer simulation model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters the 2023 NBA Play-in Tournament a stunning 71-36 on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $3,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Thunder vs. Timberwolves and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for T’Wolves vs. Thunder:

  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves: Minnesota -5.5
  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves over/under: 227.5 points  
  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves money line: Minnesota -220, Oklahoma City +180
  • OKC: Thunder are 5-2-2 ATS in their last nine Friday games 
  • MIN: Under is 6-2 in Timberwolves’ last eight overall 
  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves picks: See picks at SportsLine
Featured Game | Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Why the Thunder can cover

Forward Jalen Williams provides this group with a smooth three-level scorer. Williams has good ball handles and can beat opponents off the dribble. Additionally, the Santa Clara product owns good bounce to finish at the rim. Williams averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, and on April 4 versus the Warriors, he finished with 19 points and four boards.

Luguentz Dort is a physical guard who is a stout defender due to his effort and strength. The Arizona State product can also space out the floor and be an asset on the outside. Dort logged 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the regular season. In Wednesday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans, he notched 27 points, five rebounds, and went 4-of-8 from downtown. 

Why the Timberwolves can cover

Towns is a two-way force in the frontcourt. Towns has a knack for pulling down boards and swatting away shots in the lane. The three-time All-Star also owns a reliable jump shot. He averaged 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game during the regular season. In Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Towns finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. 

Guard Anthony Edwards is an athletic, downhill scoring threat. Edwards can soar above the rim and plays with relentless energy. The Georgia product is able to get a bucket from all three levels. He leads the team in scoring (24.6) and steals (1.6) with 5.8 rebounds per contest. On April 9 versus the New Orleans Pelicans, Edwards had 26 points, 13 boards and four steals. 

How to make Thunder vs. Timberwolves picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 218 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Timberwolves vs. Thunder? And which side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out. 



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