Minnesota v. Oklahoma City (Game #60) Preview

Statistical Breakdown:
Time: Tonight 7 p.m. CST
Place: Ford Center
OKC record: 33-23
MIN record: 14-45
OKC home record: 16-11
MIN road record: 5-25
OKC record v. Western Conf: 16-17 (in div 6-2)
MIN record v. Western conf: 7-27 (in div 3-8)
OKC PPG: 99.0 (18th)
MIN PPG: 97.7 (T-22nd)
OKC opponents PPG: 96.0 (7th)
MIN opponents PPG: 106.1 (28th)
OKC RPG: 43.6 (3rd)
MIN RPG: 43.4 (5th)
OKC RPG Diff: +2.2 (T-5th)
MIN RPG Diff: +0.2 (17th)
OKC AST/TO: 19.5/15.2 (T-26th)
MIN AST/TO: 19.6/16.1 (29th)
OKC FG%: 45.5% (19th)
MIN FG%: 44.8% (23rd)
OKC opponents FG%: 43.8% (3rd)
MIN opponents FG%: 47.3% (26th)
OKC 3PT%: 34.1% (T-21st)
MIN 3PT%: 34.1% (T-21st)
OKC FT%: 79.4% (2nd)
MIN FT%: 73.7% (24th)
Last meeting: OKC 109-107
My prediction: OKC 100-96

Preview: Both meetings between these two teams this season have been two point wins by OKC. In the last meeting Russell Westbrook who has been on fire as of late scored a triple double (22 pts, 14 assists, and 10 boards). Minnesota had no answer for KD as he dropped 32 on the Wolves. Jeff Green was way too athletic for Big Al or K-Love to handle. Tonight Minnesota has to slow the game down. They have to force KD to hit shots with a hand in his face. Jonny Flynn has to guard the ball with his life; turnovers are killing this team. The bench cannot go out and have another 0 points in 70 minutes performance. Kevin Love and Damien Wilkins need help tonight. Lastly the T-Wolves absolutely have to get the ball inside to Big Al. By forcing the ball down low to Big Al they might be able to take advantage of one good half by him…..and no that is not an insult I am hurling Big Al’s way, I just think he is hurting and is not able to perform at his normal level for a whole game.

Key Matchups: Big Al v. Green, Durant v. Brewer, Westbrook v. Flynn, Collison v. Love

Projected Starting Lineups:
Oklahoma City Thunder
PG Russell Westbrook 16.5 pts, 7.7/3.3 Ast/TO, 5.1 reb
SG Thabo Sefolosha 5.9 pts, 5.2 reb
SF Kevin Durant 29.8 pts, 7.6 reb
PF Jeff Green 14.7 pts, 6.2 reb
C Nenad Krstic 7.9 pts, 4.8 reb

Minnesota Timberwolves
PG Jonny Flynn 13.8 Pts, 4.3/2.8 Ast/TO
SG Corey Brewer 13.1 Pts, 3.6 Reb
SF Ryan Gomes 10.7 Pts, 4.4 Reb
PF Al Jefferson 17.1 Pts, 9.4 Reb
C Ryan Hollins 6.4 Pts, 2.9 reb
Go Wolves!!!!!!!!!!

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Tags: Big Al Damien Wilkins Jonny Flynn Kevin Love

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