Check out our free Timberwolves vs Rockets pick and preview for this NBA game in Houston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Timberwolves vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets
- Where: Houston at Toyota Center
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds HOU +3, MIN -140 | HOU +117 O/U 227.5
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 19-21, while going 17-23-0 vs the spread. Minnesota comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 11.0 points.
In their previous game, the Timberwolves took down the Clippers by a score of 128-115. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 5 point favorites. Minnesota played well enough in the second half to prevent the Clippers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 14 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Rudy Gobert, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 73.3% of his shots.
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 10-29, while going 16-21-2 vs the spread. Against the Timberwolves, the Rockets are looking to break out of a 6 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -15.33 points per contest.
Houston is trying to bounce back from a 131-114 loss to the Jazz. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. The game got home from Houston in the 2nd half, as the Jazz extended their 8 point halftime lead to grab a 17 point win. In the loss, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 33.3%.
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. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Timberwolves have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. A combined average of 246 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
The Timberwolves come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 115.0 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 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 18.9 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Timberwolves defense is ranked 24th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 113.3 points per game vs the unit.
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 17.0. For the season, Edwards is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and 84th in player efficiency. Behind him, Russell has taken 15.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.8%.
This season, the Houston offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 109.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.9 per contest. If the Rockets offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 28th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Against the Timberwolves, the Rockets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 30th in points allowed.
This season, the Rockets offense has primarily worked through Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Green is 35th in the NBA at 21.5 points per game. So far, him and Porter Jr. have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.5 rebounds for Houston to go along with 5.7 assists.
Timberwolves vs Rockets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -3.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 227.5