Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 13, 2023

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Oklahoma City will hope it can bring the thunder on the road once again when they contend against the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday for the ultimate play-in match.

April 14, 2023, 9:30 PM ET
Target Center
Pointspread +6 -110
Moneyline +173
Over / Under o +228.5


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Pointspread -6 -110
Moneyline -208
Over / Under u +228.5


Betting Action


The upstart Thunder partook in a breathless contest against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, winning by the skin of their teeth. On Tuesday in LA, Minnesota fell prey to mistakes that have cost them dearly in the past, hence why they have to contest in a second play-in bout.

It’s the Timberwolves who are given the benefit of the doubt. They sit as -5 favourites on the NBA odds. The number crunching has resulted in a total of 227.5.

Thunder vs. Timberwolves NBA Betting Odds

If the season series is anything to go by, then Minnesota does indeed have the upper hand. Chris Finch’s men took three of the four meetings this year, although the most they won by was 10 points and even that happened only once. Of note is that the highest-scoring game by far was the one OKC claimed.

Who knows how far the Thunder can go? 2022-2023 was deemed a “rebuilding” year, but they’re on the cusp of playoff contention. They ride a three-game winning streak and the same goes for the number of consecutively covered spreads. Curiously, for a team that finished fifth in the NBA in scoring, the under has connected in six of their most recent 10 contests.

If there is one thing that can be said, it’s that most of the players on the Timberwolves roster have been here before. Lest it is forgotten that Minnesota clawed its way out of last year’s play-in tournament. As such, they can head into Friday night with some confidence. Better can take notice that win or lose, Minnesota has covered the past four spreads and that the under has cashed in in four of the last five.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Wednesday in New Orleans was this iteration of the Thunder’s first taste of post-season excitement. Much like how they’ve performed under Mark Daigneault, they played fast and offensively minded. It almost came back to bite them, but it worked in the end.

The contest was similar to the Minnesota-LA and Chicago-Toronto games as evidence of why the idea of the play-in isn’t so bad. It was a true back-and-forth affair. Nobody could predict the winner for most of the night. The biggest leads were 10 for OKC and nine for the Pelicans, but neither stood for very long. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a rough first half, but when his mates needed him most he was great, finishing with 32 points off 11-for-22 shooting. Montrealer Luguentz Dort had one of the best games of his career with 27 points and Aussie Josh Giddey tallied 31. The Thunder’s stars played as such, which is all a coach and fanbase can ask for at this time of year. Thunder rock their way to a 123-118 win.

Minnesota Timberwolves

One wonders if dark thoughts percolated in the back of Wolves fans’ minds as they watched their beloved squad waltz its way to a comfortable first-half lead. Could they fumble the ball again in a big moment?

Karl-Anthony Towns was having a ball and finished with a nice stats sheet (24 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists). He looked confident, regardless of who defended him, even earning some impressive buckets against Anthony Davis. Mike Conley wasn’t far behind with 23 points of his own, and on more than one occasion nailed three-point shots (6-for-8) that, on any other night, would have broken an opposing team’s spirit. But this is Minnesota and life plays out as though nice things aren’t allowed to happen to them. LA chipped away at a 15-point third-quarter deficit. The turnovers were 24-21, but it felt like Minnesota’s 24 happened in the most critical moments. Lebron James (30 points) and company pushed the game to overtime, where they eventually emerged as 108-102 victors.

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