Both teams were big questions ahead of this season. Both teams have potential, talent, experience, but nothing special for big success. After almost half season behind us, I have clear enough picture about both teams.
Minnesota tried to make strong team around Towns and Wiggins, but they act like kids and only care about their stats. Jimmy Butler left the team, Jeff Teague is only a substitute. There is interest around the league for Robert Covington, rookie Culver gets more minutes than he deserves. All in all, I don't see anything good at this team. Towns and Leyman are injured, Towns is questionable for tonight, but I don't expect him to return.
Oklahoma City Thunder looked lost at the start of the season, but the players realized that they're worth playing in the playoffs and started playing better. They're among the best teams since December and hold the 7th place in the Western Conference. Memphis and San Antonio are also in a good form, but OKC can hunt 6th Dallas. Surprisingly, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the best scorer at this team. He got space and opportunity to shine alongside Chris Paul and Gallinari. Nerlens Noel is injured, but his absence is not a big problem because Gallinari recently returned.
With or without Towns and Wiggins, Minnesota are struggling and didn't show much so far. I like more Teague, Dieng and Covington because they have that winning DNA, have team spirit, Wiggins and Towns are losers. From the other side, Chris Paul is somethig different to all these players. He's capable to change a match, to make some key moves, to act like a champions when there is a need. Gilgeous-Alexander and Schroder are ready to lead the attack, Adams is the key defender, Gallinari shouldn't miss many shots, but it won't be easy against Covington...
All in all, OKC is better team than Minnesota and a team in much better shape right now. Paul's experience and Schroder's explosivity should be decisive if the match is undecided till the end.