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Timberwolves (23-25) at Thunder (35-12), 8:00 P.M. EST tip

Thunder (1-game winning streak)
107.2 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
99.9 Defensive Efficiency (12th)
95.8 Pace (5th)
57.1 True Shooting % (1st)
51.3 Rebound Rate (5th)

Timberwolves (1-game losing streak)
101.8 Offensive Efficiency (15th)
101.8 Defensive Efficiency (16th)
96.0 Pace (4th)
52.6 True Shooting % (14th)
51.0 Rebound Rate (8th)

The Thunder looked the best they have in awhile with their win over the Los Angeles Clippers two nights ago. It was also the first game that the Thunder suited up newly-acquired Derek Fisher.

Tonight it will be a Ricky Rubio-less Minnesota Timberwolves squad. The team has lost a lot of luster when Rubio went down with injury. Nikola Pekovic also will not be playing due to injury tonight.

It is the first meeting since opening night between these two teams.

Minnesota has won just two of their last eight games and it won’t get easier tonight in Chesapeake Arena. The Thunder haven’t won back-to-back games since March 5 and 7. They are due tonight.

In the first meeting Russell Westbrook had moments of openly mocking the defenders Minnesota was throwing at him. That was a different Westbrook who wasn’t playing the basketball he is now.

Westbrook will have a huge advantage on offense and this game should be one of those in which he roams around getting any look he wants. Westbrook’s jumper has been on point of late too so look for him to continue to look for that pull-up tonight.

I guess the Thunder are just really good because they probably have an advantage at every position tonight. Minnesota has no one that can give Kevin Durant too much trouble although the matchup with Michael Beasley is an interesting one since the two played high school ball together.

Without Pekovic the main focus down low will be on Kevin Love. Serge Ibaka should have the assignment of covering Love and will need to be focused to keep him off the glass.

A loss tonight would really be troubling for Thunder fans. They finally looked like they got their act together in their last game and the Clippers are a much better team than Minnesota. Expect a win tonight for the home team.

Tags: Kevin Durant Kevin Love Michael Beasley Nikola Pekovic Ricky Rubio Russell Westbrook Thunder Vs Timberwolves

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