National Basketball Association
Preview
Minnesota at Oklahoma City
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 26, 2015
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

After holding their own throughout a tough stretch of the schedule, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be expected to cruise past their next two opponents. The Thunder look to snap a two-game skid and move back above .500 when they host the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. The Timberwolves have dropped four straight and 20 of 22 and own the worst record in the NBA.

The Thunder were on their way to a fantastic five-game road trip before dropping the final two contests at Atlanta and Cleveland. They have a chance to regain some momentum with their next two against the league's two worst teams in Minnesota and New York, and they're only three games behind eighth-place Phoenix in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have lost four straight overall in the series and nine in a row at Oklahoma City.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (7-36): Minnesota had a solid night at the offensive end in its 112-100 loss at Atlanta on Sunday, shooting 52.1 percent, but allowed the Hawks to hit 56.3 percent and couldn't close the gap. Thaddeus Young (14.1 points) had a big night with 26 points and center Nikola Pekovic (12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds) had 15 points in his first start since Nov. 15. It was a somewhat quiet night for rookie Andrew Wiggins (15 points), who managed only 12 points but has scored in double figures in 17 consecutive games.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (22-22): Kevin Durant (25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds) and Russell Westbrook (24.9 points, 7.7 assists, 6.1 rebounds) continue to carry Oklahoma City, but their combined 54 points weren't enough in Sunday's 108-98 loss at Cleveland. The Thunder didn't get much production in the post against the Cavaliers because center Steven Adams sat out with a migraine. Forward Serge Ibaka had a tough road trip, shooting at a 38 percent clip — 15 percentage points below his career average.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Minnesota SF Robbie Hummel suffered a broken hand against the Hawks and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

2. The Timberwolves have allowed 100 or more points in 35 of their 43 games, while the Thunder are 17-5 when hitting triple digits.

3. Westbrook and Durant have combined for at least 38 points in eight straight games and have topped 50 in four of those contests.

PREDICTION: Thunder 108, Timberwolves 99

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 7-36 L4 3-18 4-18 0-1 7-35 2-6 3-24
Oklahoma City 22-22 L2 12-7 10-15 13-8 9-14 4-4 11-15
Last Meeting
Minnesota Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/12/14 OKC 111 MIN 92 92 31 46.2 111 47 51.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota S. Muhammad 18 46.2 6
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 34 63.2 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota G. Dieng 9 4 5
Oklahoma City S. Adams 11 7 4
Assists Player  
Minnesota C. Brewer 8
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota A. Wiggins 693 42.6 150
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 820 42.2 227
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota G. Dieng 404 161 243
Oklahoma City S. Adams 360 131 229
Assists Player  
Minnesota M. Williams 254
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 267
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Off vs  Oklahoma City Defense
97.6 Points For
98.9 Points Against
43.6 FG%
43.2 FG%
40.7 Reb
42.8 Reb
Oklahoma City Off vs  Minnesota Defense
100.0 Points For
107.5 Points Against
44.1 FG%
49.6 FG%
42.8 Reb
42.9 Reb