Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #21 Preview : Timberwolves

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) found themselves in yet another close game on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers (14-7). Leading by 1 with just a few minutes to go, the Thunder were finishing well down the stretch. The script flipped, however, as the Pacers went on a 12-4 run to finish, winning the game 107-100.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-10). The Wolves have been solid behind Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and Thunder fans everywhere know how OKC has struggled with Minnesota in recent seasons. Both matchups in Oklahoma City last season ended in 2-point losses for the Thunder.

The Thunder typically struggles against teams who have a big man that is capable inside the paint while also being able to shoot outside, and Karl Anthony-Towns is one of those guys. Steven Adams will have his hands full, but if he can continue to put up the numbers that he has lately, Adams may be the key to victory tonight.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Dennis Schröder
  • SF: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Wolves

  • PG: Jarrett Culver
  • SG: Andrew Wiggins
  • SF: Treveon Graham
  • PF: Robert Covington
  • C: Karl Anthony-Towns

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (hyperextended right elbow, sprain) is OUT.
  • Terrance Ferguson (right hip soreness) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Wolves

  • Jake Layman (left toe sprain) is OUT.
  • Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) is PROBABLE.
  • Naz Reid (right shoulder soreness) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Karl Anthony-Towns (right knee tendinopathy) is PROBABLE.
  • Andrew Wiggins (left thumb sprain) is QUESTIONABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 30-13 against the Timberwolves (16-5 at home, 14-8 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 twice, and tied it twice.
  • The Thunder lost the season series against the Timberwolves 1-3 (0-2 at home, 1-1 on the road) a year ago.
  • The Thunder has lost 6 of the last 8 overall against the Timberwolves and 3 of the last 4 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

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