The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Oklahoma City Thunder to round out the NBA Play-In Tournament.
The winner claims the No. 8 and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs earning a date with the Denver Nuggets, while the loser is officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Let’s take a look at my prediction and best bets ahead of this terrific on-court matchup.
Thunder vs Timberwolves Odds
NBA odds used for these best bets are current as of Thursday, April 13, at 1 a.m. ET and were found at DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: Timberwolves (-190) • Thunder (+160)
- Spread: Timberwolves -4.5 (-110) • Thunder +4.5 (-110)
- Total Points: Over 228.0 (-110) • Under 228.0 (-110)
Thunder vs Timberwolves Prediction
Thunder 120, Timberwolves 111
Although the T-Wolves were victorious in three of the four matchups against the Thunder this season, Minnesota is a team in complete disarray at the moment.
In addition to the embarrassing on-court incident between Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson, the Timberwolves blew an 11-point halftime lead against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, which cost them the No. 7 seed in the West.
It’s hard for me to back the Timberwolves given the recent string of events surrounding the team. On the heels of the brilliance of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 32-point performance against the Pelicans, look for OKC to prevail in this one and book its ticket to the dance.
Thunder vs Timberwolves Best Bets
Thunder +4.5 (-110) • DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 Units
After marching into New Orleans and taking down one of the best defensive teams in basketball, OKC enters Friday’s matchup in a favorable smash spot. For this reason, I have no problem laying a two-unit wager on OKC against the spread.
Winners of three straight games dating back to the regular season, the Thunder are young, hungry, talented, and receive superior front-court guard play in the form of Josh Giddey and the aforementioned Gilgeous-Alexander.
I’m loving the value and number you’re getting the Thunder here at +4.5. Look for the Thunder to cover the spread and advance to the NBA postseason.