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The (46-34) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division are in the “TWIN CITIES” for a Divisional matchup. Oklahoma City takes on the (31-49) Minnesota Timberwolves also of the Western Conference Northwest.
Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday. April 11, 2017. The teams will play at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Oklahoma City Thunder will probably play reserve as they will rest starters for the postseason.
Oklahoma City finished second in the Division and will get a six-seed. The Minnesota Timberwolves are knocking on the door with a young lineup.
The organization must hit a homerun in the 2017 NBA draft and lure a quality free agent in the offseason.
The Opening Betting Line has the Oklahoma City Thunder as a Two-Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 216 Points for Tuesday’s contest.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-1 both straight up and against the number their last four basketball contests.
Oklahoma City will finish second in the Northwest division, and there is little hope for them to go far in the 2017 playoffs.
The loss of Kevin Durant is starting to rear it’s ugly head and will show even more in the postseason. The Thunder will face the Houston Rockets in the first round; it could be a favorable matchup for Oklahoma City.
Head Coach Billy Donovan must rest starter and begin to prepare for the Rockets.
All-Everything guard Russell Westbrook will probably be named the league Most Valuable Player.
The Former UCLA Bruins alumni give 100% each and every night.
The key to an Oklahoma City victory on Tuesday is to play their style of basketball and focus on defense.
Bovada.Lv lists the Oklahoma City Thunder at +50,000 to win the 2017 Western Conference Crown.
The 2017 Minnesota Timberwolves are on a four-game losing streak and are 1-2-1 Against The Point Spread in the span.
Owner Glen Taylor can’t seem to find the right combination of personnel to get the franchise over the hump.
At the conclusion of last season, the team hired former Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau to run the show.
However it’s still the same story, the Timberwolves will again finish last in the division.
If there is a silver lining in the equation in Minnesota is the talent is very young. Stars Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Karl-Anthony Towns are just 12-years of age.
It is up to Taylor and Tom Thibodeau to keep the trio in a Timberwolves uniform. Point Guard Ricky Rubio could get shopped in the offseason.
The key to a Minnesota victory is to play with enthusiasm in front of the home crowd, give them hope for next season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are out of playoff contention.
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