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(11-11) Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12)
Date: Monday December 3rd
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis , MN
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Monday night’s contest between the Rockets and Timberwolves on paper seems like kind of a tough one to pin down. A lot of the early public wagers have been on Houston as they’re rolling with back-to-back blowout wins over the Spurs (136-105) and Bulls (121-105).
Just like that the Rockets have climbed into 10th in the Western Conference after being in 2nd to last before the weekend.
The Timberwolves are no pushovers in this game however mainly because they’re at home where they boast a 9-4 record on the season. Minnesota has lost 3 of their last 5 at the Target Center though but they’ll be rested and ready for this crucial conference tilt.
Everybody is waiting for the Rockets to finally get going in their 2018 season and this weekend may have given fans a glimmer of hope. After dropping four straight Houston has put together a two game win streak and has conquered those tilts by a combined 47 points. The Rockets shot 50% from the field in both games and once again launched a ton of threes, shooting 38-95 (40%).
On the season though Houston is still just hitting 34.5% of their deep balls which is 20th in the league. The Rockets played Friday and Saturday and now take the court for the 3rd time in 4 days Monday.
How is that fatigue going to effect a team so reliant on the three ball?
There are a decent – but not crazy – amount of implied points in this game with the O/U set at 220. These teams met in the 1st round of the Western Conference playoffs last season and 3 of the 5 games went under that total, albeit postseason ball has a much different tempo. The Rockets will give up some points having allowed 115+ in 5 of the last 7.
The Timberwolves are hit or miss on offense though having been held to under 102 in 3 of the last 6.
How much of a revenge factor do the Timberwolves put into tonight’s game considering it was indeed Houston who knocked them out of the postseason last year in a 4-1 series win? The T’Wolves are right in the pack of the jumbled Western Conference where every team except the Suns are within 5 games of 1st place.
Minnesota has won 4 of their last 5 – but that trend has to be taken with a grain of salt considering three of those wins were vs. Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Chicago. Minnesota did lose their last time out, allowing 30 points to Gordon Hayward in a 118-109 Boston win on Saturday in Minneapolis. If Hayward did that – what can we expect from James Harden tonight?
The Timberwolves should be the more rested team after playing their last two games at home and with the Rockets on the road in a 3-games-in-4-nights situation. Karl-Anthony Towns has slowed down a bit with just 18 ppg his last two.
He has a 35 point, 23 rebound night vs. Chicago in the past week and has grabbed 15+ boards in 4 of the last 10. It’s not only a tough offensive night for Towns against Clint Capela, but he must also stop the Houston big man who went for 26 and 15 in last April’s series clincher.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS their last 5 overall
- Timberwolves are 7-3 ATS their last 10 overall
- Rockets are 7-2 ATS the last 9 H2H
Free Houston Rockets vs.Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
This game could really go either way, especially with a spread that is so tight. The Rockets seem ready to break out at any time but are a bit fatigued. Minnesota has played well lately and is rested, but they’ve been a bit shaky at home recently. Does James Harden carry the Rockets to a big win or does somebody like Derrick Rose step up to give Karl-Anthony Towns some help and give the T’Wolves a big win?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Timberwolves +1.5
Seems like a trap game with nearly 70+ percent of the public on Houston, who has gone 2-5 SU their last 7 road games.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Timberwolves 114 – Rockets 101
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