Thunder Have 6th in West Locked Up
The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up their Northwest Division season series against the Minnesota Timberwolves this Tuesday night as the featured matchup on NBA TV. BetAnySports has opened Minnesota as a slight one-point home favorite for this 8 p.m. (ET) start with the total set at 216.5.
The Thunder are set as the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a straight-up record of 46-34 heading into their final two regular season games. They have won three of their last four games both SU and against the spread with the total staying UNDER in three of those outings. Sunday’s 106-105 victory against Denver as five-point road underdogs improved their overall record on the road this season to 18-22 both SU and ATS.
Russell Westbrook set a new single-season NBA record in Sunday’s win with his 42nd triple-double of the year. He posted 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to help his team pull out the win. On the year, he has averaged 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in pursuit of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. The Thunder are ranked 11th in the league in scoring with an average of 106.7 points per game.
Timberwolves Still Struggling
Minnesota went 0-for-4 in its recent four-game road trip while going 1-2-1 ATS. It came up on the wrong end of a tight 110-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers this past Sunday as a six-point road favorite. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in that game after going OVER in six of its last seven games. The Timberwolves are an even 20-20 both SU and ATS at home this season.
The duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins continue to point to a bright future for the Timberwolves despite this season’s SU record of 31-49. Towns leads the team in scoring with 25.1 PPG and he posted 40 points and 21 rebounds in Sunday’s loss. Wiggins scored a game-high 41 points against Denver on Sunday to raise his season-scoring average to 23.7 PPG. Minnesota is averaging 105.5 PPG on the year and it has exceeded that number in seven of its last eight games.
Even though nothing is on the line for Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, I like its chances to win the season series against its division rivals three games to one with a SU victory to pay off on BetAnySports’ one-point betting line.