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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Author : Aldo Panessidi
The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-12) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Timberwolves have won only one game in their last 13 outings and are starting to make a case for worst team in the West after being edged 107-104 on the road against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins again showed flashes of the player and leader the organization hopes that he will flourish into, leading the team with 28 point and draining 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Kevin Martin posted 22 points from the bench, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns put up 12 points and 16 rebounds. Wiggins and Towns are combining for an average of 35.5 points per game for the team. Minnesota is struggling on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and simply don’t yet have the experience or depth to compete at a Playoff level. The Wolves are tied for the second-worst away record in the NBA at 1-9.
The Thunder have had an up-and-down start to 2016 after finishing December with 12-3 record. The team has won four of its last six contests, the latest in a dominating effort at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 108-89. Kevin Durant was the top scorer for OKC with 29 points and 10 boards, making 9 of 14 from the field. Durant is the third-ranked scorer in the league, averaging 26.7 points per match-up. Russell Westbrook finished the game with zero points in 15 minutes played following a second quarter ejection after getting into an altercation with Dallas guard J.J. Barea. Serge Ibaka picked up the slack in the form of a double-double, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ibaka also went 3-for-6 from long range, as did Dion Waiters from the bench, as the former Cavalier finished with 18 points. The Thunder are locked into first place in the Northwest Division, a clear 10 games ahead of the second place Utah Jazz.