When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
The Minnesota Timberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder will lock horns Friday night for the chance to secure the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs and set up a date with the one-seed Denver Nuggets.
To get enrolled, use our BetMGM promo code to visit the BetMGM sportsbook and just follow a few simple steps. The deal protects all users from missed first bets by guaranteeing 100% refunds up to the $1,000 maximum in the form of bet credits, which are vouchers that can be used as a stake for any wager on BetMGM.
🔥 Claimed by 49 people this week!
Boosted parlays with enhanced odds
Impressive range of bets
$10 free bet every week
Get $1,500 in Bonus Bets!
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
The Thunder are at least one year, if not more, ahead of schedule. They were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the league and continue to stockpile young assets like Chet Holmgren, who took second in the most recent NBA draft but lost to injury before his regular-season debut.
The Thunder have a lineup with an average age of 23.1 years, which makes them the youngest team in the league. While that youthfulness leads them to make questionable decisions in certain moments and leave their postseason futures completely up in the air, they have demonstrated a willingness to hustle and play scrappy against every team they come across.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is their out-and-out star and has a chance to make the all-NBA first team in what would be the 24-year-old’s first all-NBA selection. He scored at least 32 points in all three meetings against the Timberwolves this season, though his team only won one time.
Gilgeous-Alexander, or SGA, is the league’s fourth-leading scorer at 31.4 points per night. Josh Giddey averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists but came up with an enormous 31, nine, and 10 in the 9/10 play-in matchup.
The Thunder are fifth in scoring and force more turnovers than any team in the league. They can also play at a variety of tempos, though they are not that deep and often run into trouble when the second unit is in.
The Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans on the road 123-118 Wednesday night behind 90 points from SGA, Giddey, and Luguentz Dort.
The Timberwolves could potentially welcome back former three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert for the Thunder matchup now that his suspension, awarded for punching teammate Kyle Anderson during a game, has finished. However, Gobert is suffering from back spasms and is still at risk of missing the game.
Jaden McDaniels, another key piece in the Timberwolves’ starting five, will be out with a fractured hand that he suffered during the regular-season finale. Taurean Prince filled in admirably in the T’Wolves’ first play-in game against the Los Angele Lakers but could not provide enough of a boost to win outright.
Karl-Anthony Towns was on fire to start the Lakers game but fell into foul trouble and quickly lost his rhythm in the fourth quarter and overtime. Anthony Edwards also had a historically bad shooting night, going just 3-17 from the field and 0-9 from three to finish with just nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Town and Edwards average a combined 45.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 9.2 assists, and veteran point guard Mike Conley gives them 14.0 points and 5.0 assists. Naz Reid, an important bench contributor, is out for the year with an injury of his own, which means that three of their top contributors (and double-digit scorers) could miss the game.
Minnesota is a team of what-ifs. They can go through 10-15-minute stretches where they look like an incredible team but then break down into a team that misses defensive assignments, plays lazy offense, and makes ill-advised decisions. Those inconsistencies mean that they are always tough to analyze heading into any matchup.
The T’Wolves lost to the Lakers in overtime 108-102 in Los Angeles in the 7/8 matchup. They only scored 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Check out the best NBA prop bets for today's games!
The Timberwolves had a better regular-season record, have a better one-two punch, and are favored, but this is a great spot for the Thunder. They are coming off of one of their best performances from their core three as a unit and are facing a Timberwolves team that is depleted and just choked a big lead in overtime.
Minnesota is also only three games over .500 at home. The Thunder have struggled on the road, but they are not walking into a hostile environment, nor one that the home team has dominated. Taking OKC on the spread is the safest bet, but there is reason to believe they can win this game and sneak into the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Odds taken from BetMGM
Free play options
Special contests for newbies
Bet $5 on a Money Line, Get $150 in Bonus Bets
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Wide range of betting options
Top notch customer service
Promo Code 'SPORTS'
$500 Bonus Bet
21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500
Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.
In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.More info on Grant Mitchell
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and 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.