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(54-14) Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-29)
Date: Sunday March 18
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minnesota Minneapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -7
NBA Betting Total: 221
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On Sunday March 18, the Houston Rockets arrive at the Target Center to face their host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both squads enter on the second night of a back to back set. Houston play New Orleans Saturday night and likewise Minnesota play the San Antonio Spurs.
Last season the Rockets won two of three and are up 3-0 in the three previous meetings versus the Timberwolves this season. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Timberwolves in 75 of their 115 matches.
The Rockets only loss in their past 21 games is to the Toronto Raptors. Prior to that loss the Rockets last lost on January 26th (the night DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles tendon.
Despite their streak of wins the Rockets expected to be in a dog fight for the West’s top seed. Yet news this weekend regarding Kevin Durant joining the list of walking wounded in Golden State should allow the Rockets an easier path to the finish line.
That doesn’t mean the Rockets can take their foot off the gas, particularly when facing opponents they could meet in the postseason.
Ryan Anderson (hip flexor) has missed the past nine games and remains questionable for this weekend’s action.
Likewise, Brandan Wright (knee soreness) has also missed nine games and is expected to be out until the end of March.
The Rockets might be considered the bad luck team given Cousins and Jimmy Butler’s injuries came during games facing Houston. Since losing Butler the Wolves have gone 4-3 beating some top squads along the way.
Since joining the Wolves Derrick Rose played two games with little effect. He’s expected to play this weekend in the back to backs. The former stars contribution in 17:00 on court is 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and a steal.
In terms of injuries Aaron Brooks missed the last five games due to a personal matter and is questionable for both weekend games.
Butler underwent surgery to repair a meniscus injury with a presumed healing timeline of six weeks. If Butler remains on schedule he’ll return in early April.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Rockets are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- Houston are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 11-3 in Wolves last 14 overall.
- Wolves are 6-4 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 7-3 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Wolves record at home is among the league’s best and they’ll be more desperate for the victory. However, the past two losses to Houston were by 18 points. The deciding factor should come down to defense and which team can stop the other’s stars.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the Wolves ATS
Desperation wins out – take the Wolves to edge the Rockets in a close battle.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Wolves 110 – Rockets 107
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