NBA Basketball Betting: Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Basketball Betting:  Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder

An already short slate of action for Monday is now even shorter. Winter weather in the Northeast has forced the cancellation of two games in the NBA so we’ll move down the card and look at this Western Conference matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Minnesota Timberwolves are having a horrible season. They finished close to .500 (40-42) last year but this season nothing has gone right. They lost Kevin Love to free agency and have since played without point guard Ricky Rubio all season due to injury. They’ve sunk below the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the NBA and are 2-8 in their last 10 games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder has a lot of ground to make up. They played without superstar Kevin Durant for the early part of the season and although Durant is back in the lineup now they haven’t been able to do much more than ‘tread water’. Durant is listed as ‘probable’ with a tweaked ankle but every indication is that he’ll play. OKC is 5-5 in their last 10 games which isn’t good enough for a team looking to make up ground with their best player finally healthy.

Minnesota’s nightmare season took a turn for the worse when guard and leading scorer Kevin Martin went out with an injury. There’s at least some good news on that front as he’ll return to shooting today though his return to the lineup is still uncertain. Rubio’s ‘official’ injury is a high ankle sprain but he’s either hurt worse than that or he’s not anxious to get back in the lineup for such a bad team. Either scenario is likely.

The TWolves are 4-17 on the road and when a team is in that performance range its hard to consider them in contention for an outright win. Getting 15′ points, however, they could be a decent pointspread play. Minnesota isn’t a money making machine but they are 9-7 ATS in their last 16 games despite a 2-14 SU record. This is OKC’s only home game amid 8 road games so their focus could be lacking. We’ll take the pile of points and hope the TWolves can hang around.