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Rockets vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds MIN -8.5, HOU +302 | MIN -395 O/U OFF

The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-35. So far, the team has gone 16-27-2 against the spread. The Rockets head into today’s action in the midst of a 12 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -14.92.

Houston is trying to bounce back from a 122-117 loss to the Hornets. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 66.7%.

So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 23-24, while going 21-26-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Minnesota has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.

Minnesota is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Raptors at home. With the 128-126 victory, they also covered the spread as 4 point underdogs. Minnesota put together a strong second half performance, as after 2 quarters, they trailed the Raptors by -10 points. In the win, D’Angelo Russell led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 53.3%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Rockets averaged 120.33 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Timberwolves also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 134.67 points per game vs Houston. The Timberwolves have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 13 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 241 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Rockets come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 109.8 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If the Houston offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 16.0 turnovers per game.

Against the Timberwolves, the Rockets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 30th in points allowed.

A key injury to note in this game is the likely absence of the Rockets 2nd leading scorer, Kevin Porter Jr.. In his 40 games, Porter Jr. is averaging 19.2 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists and grabbing 5.4 rebounds. In he is unable to take the floor, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jalen Green, who leads the team and is 31st in the NBA at 21.9 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.3% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.2% of overall shots.

The Minnesota offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 115.4 points per game. For the season, the Timberwolves have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 9th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Heading into the game, the Timberwolves will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.

Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Anthony Edwards, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Edwards leads the team in scoring at 23.7 points per game while Russell is 2nd at 17.2. For the season, Edwards is 30th in the NBA in usage rate and 88th in player efficiency. Behind him, Russell has taken 15.0% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 46.3%.

Rockets vs Timberwolves Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -8.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under OFF

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