January 8, 2018
There is one pick tonight.
Minnesota Timberwolves +8 spread against Oklahoma City Thunderfor 3% of the bankroll.
There are quite a few narratives at play in this matchup, however, we believe this sets up to be a much closer contest than expected.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a disappointing performance in which they were double-digit favorites at home against the short-handed Washington Wizards and lost outright. They will certainly have a motivational edge to have a bounce-back performance in this contest, however, we don't believe it will trump what Minnesota is bringing to the table in this one.
The Timberwolves recently parted ways with Tom Thibodeau and while many may view that as a negative, we actually believe the firing will be good for this team. Minnesota has a tremendous amount of talent on their roster, however, things never seemed to gel with Thibodeau at the helm. With a fresh face on the sidelines, we expect to see a much different style of play than that adopted by Tibbs.
At just 32 years old, Ryan Saunders should bring a fresh outlook to the Timberwolves and allow them to play to the team's strengths. While it will take a while for the players to buy into their interim coaches’ philosophy, we do expect to see them reap the benefits of a new style in the early going. This is a big-time statement game for both the players and Saunders himself against an elite team in the Western Conference. We expect to see an all-out effort tonight which should help keep this game competitive throughout. The value is with the points in this one.
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