Saturday, January 22, 2022

Timberwolves vs. Thunder odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Jan. 7 prediction from proven computer model

A Northwest Division battle is on tap between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at the Paycom Center. Oklahoma City is 13-24 overall and 8-11 at home, while Minnesota is 18-20 overall and 7-10 on the road. The Timberwolves have won consecutive games and have their entire roster back following some COVID-19 disruptions. 

Minnesota is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Thunder vs. Timberwolves odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 218. Before entering any Timberwolves vs. Thunder picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 12 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 50-27 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Thunder vs. Timberwolves. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Timberwolves vs. Thunder:

  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves spread: Thunder +5.5
  • Thunder vs. Timberwolves over-under: 218 points

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What you need to know about the Thunder

Oklahoma City comes into this game having lost consecutive contests and four of its last five. The Thunder have been getting good minutes from rookie Josh Giddey, though. He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in November and December. 

Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he tallied one against Dallas on Jan. 2. The Thunder got some key players back from the league’s health and safety protocol on Wednesday, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tre Mann. OKC has covered the spread in six straight home games and in nine of its last 11 games overall. 

What you need to know about the Timberwolves 

Minnesota has won consecutive games following Wednesday’s 98-90 home win over Oklahoma City. The Timberwolves have star guard D’Angelo Russell and star big man Karl-Anthony Towns back from COVID-19 protocol. They have only had their preferred starting lineup on the court 11 times in 38 games this season, but they are all available heading into Friday night’s tilt. 

The Timberwolves have gone 9-2 in games with Russell, Towns, Anthony Edwards, Jarred Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverley in the starting lineup. They have been able to remain competitive without Russell and Towns, covering the spread in nine of their last 12 games. Minnesota has been particularly profitable on the road, covering the number in seven of its last eight road games. 

How to make Timberwolves vs. Thunder picks

The model has simulated Thunder vs. Timberwolves 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Timberwolves vs. Thunder? And which side covers well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks. 

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