Thunder Roll Into Minnesota As Hottest Team In NBA

By: Michael Robinson | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves
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12/20/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: OKC -3½, O/U 198
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Television: TNT

Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoma City (21-4 straight-up, 16-8-1 against the spread) is the hottest team in the NBA with a 12-game winning streak. The Thunder have only played nine road games this year, going 7-2 SU and 6-2-1 ATS. They are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS in the second half of a back-to-back situation.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves (12-11 SU, 13-10 ATS) are looking for their first playoff appearance since 2004 and currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference. They are coming off losses at Orlando (102-93) and Miami (103-92) but have gone 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four at the Target Center. Minnesota has lost the last 12 games to Oklahoma City but covered the spread in each of the last five.

Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks
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12/20/2012 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Miami -5, O/U 203
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Television: TNT

Miami Heat: Miami (16-6 SU, 11-11 ATS) is coming off a six-game homestand that finished with a 4-2 SU and ATS mark. The "under" went 4-0 in the final four, scoring an average of 100.3 points and allowing 88.3 per game. The Heat have only played one away game since Nov. 17, and the team owns a pedestrian 4-4 SU (3-5 ATS) road record this season.

Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks (12-13 SU and ATS) most recently played on Tuesday, a 107-100 home win over Philly as 6-point favorites. They’re now 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five at home but could be without starting point guard Derek Fisher (doubtful, knee) and big man Elton Brand (questionable, groin), so make sure to check the NBA injury report. Coach Rick Carlisle has done a good job mixing and matching guys this year with star Dirk Nowitzki (knee) not playing a game yet. This is the first meeting between the teams this year. Miami has gotten some revenge (2-0 SU and ATS) in the two meetings since getting upset by the Mavs 4-2 in the 2011 NBA Finals.

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