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NBA basketball betting sees the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday January 26 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Cappers Picks provides complimentary NBA handicapping tips all season long.

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Minnesota Timberwolves (7-36) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (22-22)
Monday January 26
Chesapeake Energy Center – Oklahoma City, OK
NBA Betting Line: Oklahoma City -17
NBA Betting Total: 207.5
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The Thunder are on a mission to climb to a level in the West commensurate with their talent.

They should win this one with ease.


When you are as bad as Minnesota is you are looking for any measure of success so yesterday’s game against red hot Atlanta was not as bad as it seems.

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The T-Wolves lost by 12 but they covered the the spread, the only time that has happened in during the Hawks long winning streak.

Now the fact that the spread was 17 points says a lot about the quality of the team but again, a result like that, on the road, can be considered encouraging…and yes that might be grasping.

Minnesota struggles to score but they put up an even 100 points against Atlanta. Forward Thaddeus Young led with 26 points and the team needs more out of him if they are going to start improving. It is a little bit mysterious actually because he should be plenty familiar with what it is like to play on bad teams from his time in Philadelphia.

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Andrew Wiggins continues to deliver highlights and questions with every game.

Oklahoma City

After beginning their road trip with three straight wins the Thunder have lost their last two at Atlanta and Cleveland yesterday. The last time they were at home they bested the best team in the league, Golden State, and certainly they could not ask for a better opponent to get back to their winning ways.

The last couple of losses are not that bad when you consider that nobody is beating Atlanta these days and LeBron seems to have Cleveland pointed back in the right direction, for now.

Even in the loss to the Cavs it was the same old story for OKC. Kevin Durant scores a lot (32 points), Russell Westbrook a little less (22 points) and then after that who knows.

Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters scored in the teens but overall this team is lacking a go to option and a three point threat that makes punishes teams if they pay the stars too much attention.

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Those guys just can’t take all the shots.

NBA Betting Trends:

  • Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Under is 7-1 in Timberwolves last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day.
  • Under is 7-0 in Thunder last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
  • Over is 5-0 in Thunder last 5 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes on the previous day.
  • Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City.
  • Timberwolves are 5-12-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Oklahoma City.

4* NBA Betting Prediction: Oklahoma City -17

The Thunder should crush Minnesota here.

NBA Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 111 – 91

There is never great value when the spread is this big but the Thunder should cover.

Check out ourĀ Updated NBA Betting Odds.

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