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(19-7) Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-18)
Date: Saturday December 17
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 222
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A Western conference showdown takes place Saturday night in Minnesota with the Rockets traveling north to take on the Timberwolves.
The Rockets have been one of the most impressive teams in the NBA, well the Timberwolves are coming off their most impressive win of the season.
This is the first match up of the season for the two teams.
The Houston Rockets are one of the most impressive teams so far this season. Coming into the season most experts expected them to be a low seed and make it into the playoffs.
But that hasn’t been the case so far this season. The Rockets are tied for third in the Western Conference and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The best move the Rockets made this off season wasn’t a free agent acquisition. It was moving James Harden from shooting guard to point guard. He has run the show on the offensive end and is a threat to get a triple double any night.
He is averaging 27.6 points, 11.7 assists, and 7.8 rebounds a game. He also gets to the free throw line a lot averaging over 10 attempts a game.
The Rockets are a high tempo team that wants to score a lot. They are averaging 112.8 points per game, which is second in the NBA only behind the Golden State Warriors.
On the road so far this season the Rockets are 10-5 on the road.
Although the Timberewolves have had a really down season, they may have gotten the win they needed to turn around their season in the last game against the Bulls.
The Timberwolves started off the game terribly and were down by 21 in the first half. But unlike other games this season, the Wolves didn’t give up and continued to fight. They climbed all the way back and won the game by a final score of 99-94.
You could tell they really wanted to win that one for coach Thibs, and I think it’s what they needed to turn around the season.
I think in this game against Houston the Timberwolves might play more of Kris Dunn. Dunn is a high level defender, and the Timberwolves will need to do something to shut down James Harden.
The Wolves score 103.7 points per game and give up over 106. They have looked better on defense in the last few games however and may be turning a corner with Thibs new defense.
On the season the Wolves are 3-9 on the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest.
- HOU are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- HOU are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 Sat. games.
- Over is 21-7-1 in MIN last 29 vs. NBA Southwest.
- MIN are 19-41-1 ATS in their last 61 home games.
- Over is 9-0 in the last 9 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Timberwolves only advantage in this game is Houston will be coming off the second half of a back to back. Otherwise all signs point to the Rockets winning this game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
The Timberwolves will not be able to match up with James Harden, and he will dominate the game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 116 – Minnesota 105
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