Coming into tonight’s game, the Thunder have won three straight games including wins over the Trailblazers, Magic, and Wizards. Tonight, Oklahoma City will face another below .500 team in the Minnesota Timberwolves.
At 25-45, the Timberwolves are coming off a tough loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night, 120-117. With a hurt Kevin Love, this young team is still in a rebuilding mood and has no thoughts of the playoffs this year. Currently, they allow 95.3 points per game(20th in the league), which the Thunder will definitely take advantage of.
The last time these two teams met was on February 22nd at home. Oklahoma won that game, 127-111, behind a great shooting performance from the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 57.8 percent from the floor, 9-for-14 from deep as Kevin Martin, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant combined for 83 points.
The key matchup tonight will be Russell Westbrook vs. Ricky Rubio. In Rubio’s last 10 games, he has averaged a solid 14 points a game and 7.8 assists. Westbrook will definitely have his hands full tonight.
Tonight’s game will have a 7 PM CT tip-off, and will be played in the Target Center.