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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #32 Preview | Minnesota Timberwolves

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

After trailing by 13 points in the third quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder was able to survive a game of runs against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City last night. The game came down to the wire, but the Thunder was able to hold on and secure a 107-106 win to move to 21-10 on the season, which ties OKC with the Denver Nuggets for the best record in the West.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves, another Northwest Division foe. The Timberwolves have struggled since the departure of All-Star Jimmy Buttler, and their 14-18 record has them at the 15-spot in the Western Conference standings.

OKC is a solid favorite tonight, and the Thunder needs to continue rolling by putting away a lesser Minnesota team and picking up a win that will help not only in overall standings but also specifically in divisional standings.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Timberwolves

  • PG: Derrick Rose
  • SG: Andrew Wiggins
  • SF: Robert Covington
  • PF: Taj Gibson
  • C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Timberwolves

  • Derrick Rose (sore left ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 29-10 against the Timberwolves (16-3 at home, 13-7 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the 4-game regular season series against the Timberwolves 7 times, lost it once, and tied it twice.
  • The Thunder lost the season series against the Timberwolves 1-3 (1-1 at home, 0-2 on the road) a year ago.
  • The Thunder has won 3 of the last 4 against the Timberwolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won 4 consecutive games, and the Timberwolves have lost 2 in a row.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in their last 10 while Minnesota is 37-7 in their last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-3 at home while Minnesota is 2-13 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-8 against the Western Conference while Minnesota is 7-14.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-2 against Northwest Division rivals while Minnesota is 2-3.
  • Oklahoma City is 3-1 in a SEGABABA (second game of a back-to-back) while Minnesota is 11-11 following one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 1-1 on Sunday night this season while the Timberwolves are 0-2.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Minnesota Timberwolves Official Game Notes

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