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2019-2020 NBA Regular Season
(27-16) Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-29)
Date: Friday January 24
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: TBA
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5
NBA Betting Total: 234.5
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Oddsmakers knew what they were doing when they put the Nuggets on sale in their game against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Houston covered the eight points anyway, and rather easily, 121–105. Russell Westbrook had James Harden combined for fifty-five (they average more than sixty-two on the season) and Eric Gordon had the big game with twenty-five off the bench.
Austin Rivers returned from a thumb injury to score eleven in twenty-one minutes. He had missed the two prior games and Houston lost them both with a seven-man rotation.
Houston is sitting on the edge of a cliff with its depth. It barely has enough as it is and Ben McLemore’s hot streak appears to have been just that. He’s been struggling and scored just two points in eighteen minutes on Wednesday. The next injury is never far away either.
As a result, Houston has become dependent on Harden, Westbrook, PJ Tucker and Clint Capela playing big minutes every night. If any of those four go down, Houston is done. If none of them do, the Rockets still need at least one more quality player. It won’t find that guy on the scrap heap either.
The Rockets’ lack of depth may not show itself against Minnesota, though.
The Timberwolves just lost their seventh consecutive game on Wednesday night in Chicago. Karl-Anthony Towns had forty and Andrew Wiggins twenty-five with nine assists. It wasn’t enough.
Shabazz Napier, who chipped in sixteen points and five assists in thirty-one minutes, is Minnesota’s third-best player. Robert Covington still competes and may defend Harden for some time in this one but he isn’t anything more than a rare shooter on offense.
Tucker will probably defend Wiggins and Capela will guard Towns. Both guys should be able to handle the assignment but if they run into any sort of trouble, Houston doesn’t have much backup. If Minnesota wins this game it will probably because at least one its two big scorers gets off.
On the other end, Westbrook could give Napier problems with bully-ball and Harden usually gives everyone problems. Minnesota does have some bodies to run at him between Wiggins, Covington, Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie. Harden himself would scoff at that sentence.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in HOU last 8 road games.
- Under is 8-3 in MIN last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- MIN are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- Head to Head: Over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota.
- Head to Head: HOU are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction: there’s less offense than expected.
Neither team has much offense outside of its own duo. Even if Harden, Westbrook, Towns and Wiggins get 120, the total still may not get out of the 220s.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 224.5
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