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Timberwolves vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets
- Where: Houston at Toyota Center
- Date: Monday, January 23rd
- Betting Odds HOU +6, MIN -265 | HOU +209 O/U OFF
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-24. So far, the team has gone 22-26-0 against the spread. Minnesota has posted an average scoring differential of 5.5 points per game across their currrent 2 game win streak.
In their previous game, the Timberwolves took down the Rockets by a score of 113-104. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 8 point favorites. Although Minnesota trailed the Rockets going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 44 points while hitting 58.6% of his shots.
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 10-36, while going 16-28-2 vs the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Rockets are looking to break out of a 13 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -14.46 points per contest.
Houston is trying to bounce back from a 113-104 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into this game, the team was 8 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston went on to lose the game despite leading by 2 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Alperen Sengün, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 77.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Timberwolves averaged 134.67 points per game vs Houston, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Rockets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 120.33 points per game vs Minnesota. 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 11 points per game. A combined average of 239 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Minnesota is averaging 115.3 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league. When looking at the Timberwolves pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.8. Minnesota has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 55.9%.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
This season, the Timberwolves offense has primarily worked through Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 48 games, Edwards is 24th in the NBA at 24.1 points per game. So far, him and Russell have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.400000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, D’Angelo Russell is grabbing 2.9 rebounds for Minnesota to go along with 6.2 assists.
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 109.7 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 11.5 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 12th, with an average of 19.1 made free-throws 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 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 his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jalen Green, who leads the team and is 35th in the NBA at 21.7 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.0% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.1% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Timberwolves vs Rockets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +6
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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