It's odd that two teams play each other in quick succession to open a season, but the Thunder and Timberwolves won't mind. While Oklahoma put up a good fight in their first meeting, the Timberwolves will come out as the victor again because of their excellent interior presence.
Minnesota Timberwolves def. Oklahoma City Thunder
Check out our NBA betting bonuses and promo codes here!
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Head-to-Head||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Chris Finch||Head Coach||Mark Daigneault|
|1-0 (T-1st in West)||Standing||0-1 (9th in West)|
|Won 1||Form||Lost 1|
|109.7 (12th of 30)||Off Rtg||103.0 (25th of 30)|
|103.0 (6th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.7 (18th of 30)|
|104.8 (4th of 30)||Pace||104.8 (3rd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|R. Gobert (23.0)||PPG||S. Gilgeous-Alexander (32.0)|
|R. Gobert (16.0)||RPG||J. Giddey (11.0)|
|A. Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns (7.0)||APG||S. Gilgeous-Alexander (5.0)|
|J. McDaniels (3.0)||SPG||S. Gilgeous-Alexander (3.0)|
|J. McDaniels (2.0)||BPG||S. Gilgeous-Alexander, J. Giddey (2.0)|
|T. Prince (.800)/R. Gobert (10.0)||FG%/FGM||J. Robinson-Earl (.667)/S. Gilgeous-Alexander (12.0)|
|T. Prince (.750)/T. Prince (3.0)||3P%/3PM||J. Williams, D. Bazely (1.00)/J. Robinson-Earle (2.0)|
|Chet Holmgren||Oklahoma City Thunder||25 Aug 2022||Out (Foot)||Holmgren will miss the entirety of the|
The Minnesota Timberwolves have already defeated the Thunder once this season and it was due to their excellent interior play. They need to continue to attack the Thunder big men, in order to create more opportunities for their shooters. In their last victory over the Thunder, Rudy Gobert dominated the paint. But the Timberwolves failed to capitalize on the three-pointers that were created. They shot 26.3% from three-point range, 10 of 38 on the night. Oklahoma City are sure to come back with the intent on revenge in this game, so Minnesota need to keep them down with their shooting. If they can't, the Thunder will have every opportunity to take the game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been successful through their early season experiment with Rudy Gobert. Brought in to be a defensive stopper, Gobert's best attribute since joining the Timberwolves has been his aggression on offense. In his first meeting with the Thunder, Gobert put on an excellent performance. In 34 minutes of play, he posted 23 points and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. His play in the paint was a welcome sight, complementing Towns' perimeter game perfectly. Especially against one of the league's weakest frontcourt units, Rudy Gobert needs to be aggressive in taking it to the rim. If Gobert establishes himself in the paint early, Minnesota will be in a great position to win.
The Oklahoma City Thunder put up a good fight when they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves last time out. But it was their inability to find efficient production outside of their star men that doomed their chances at a win. In their last meeting with Minnesota, the combination of starters Kenrich Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski, and Luguentz Dort, combined to shoot just 8 of 29 from the field. They did contribute 19 rebounds, but their struggle to make shots was a sign of their eventual loss. Giddey and Gilgeous-Alexander lead this team, but the Thunder role players must be clinical with their opportunities if they hope to beat the Timberwolves. They don't have the depth to compete with Minnesota, so there's little room for error.
If there was one standout in the last meeting between the Thunder and the Timberwolves last time out it was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With his versatility on both ends of the court, he gave the Minnesota guards a night of trouble. Gilgeous-Alexander put on a show. He posted 32 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. He grew as the game went on, scoring 5, 7, and then 12 points in the first three quarters. There wasn't a guard on the Timberwolves' side that could contain him, and it doesn't look to change in this coming meeting. If Gilgeous-Alexander can find better opportunities for his teammates, and have them convert on them, Oklahoma City can find a win.
|Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder Information|
|Who||Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Where||Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK|
|When||7:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 23rd, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports OK, Bally Sports North, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
Best NBA Bets Today | NBA Picks December 2
NBA | 2 December - 02:55 | Christian Jope
Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks: The Lakers Need to Maintain Their Three-Point Shooting
NBA | 2 December - 02:42 | Christian Jope
Dallas Mavericks vs Detroit Pistons: How Can One Look Beyond Luka Doncic of the Mavericks?
NBA | 1 December - 08:14 | Christian Jope
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
Email: [email protected]More info on Christian Jope
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2022 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).
WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.