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(36-25) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets (44-13)
Date: Friday February 23
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -7
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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On Friday February 23, the Minnesota Timberwolves arrive at the Toyota Center to face their host the Houston Rockets. The Timberwolves last game was a win over over the Lakers. Houston return from the break with a 10 game win streak in tow with their last victory over the Kings.
Last season the Rockets took two of the three games versus the Timberwolves and hold a 2-0 edge this season. The Rockets also hold the all-time record having bested the Timberwolves in 74 of their 114 matches.
The Wolves return from the break needing to figure out how to bring their winning home attitude on the road. To wit, Minnesota has lost the last six times they’ve travelled away from the warm confines of the Target Center and 10 of their last 11.
The other issue for coach Tom Thibodeau will be how to keep his starters fresh as Jimmy Butler in particular is showing signs of the wear and tear from playing too many minutes.
The good news for the Wolves is they have just 21 games remaining and only five facing the top five offenses.
Unfortunately, the Rockets are one of those teams.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had to sit the last five games with an illness and is questionable for this match.
Sitting atop the West the Rockets are pushing to take the top overall seed. Since moving Ryan Anderson to the bench and while Trevor Ariza has been out injured Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker have filled in as starters.
These two defensive minded players have allowed the Rockets to produce arguably their best product on both ends of the hardwood.
Trevor Ariza (hamstring) got hurt :36 seconds into the Phoenix game and missed the next nine games, but is expected to participate Friday. The question for coach Mike D’Antoni is whether to start Ariza or stick with the new lineup.
Eric Gordon (knee) sat out the last game prior to the break, but participated in three point competition on All-Star Saturday, so should be good to go.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 19-7 in Timberwolves last 26 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 6-2 in Rockets last 8 home games.
- Under is 12-5 in Rockets last 17 overall.
- Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between the squads in Houston.
- Over is 13-3 in the last 16 head to head meetings
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: Rockets -7
Until the Wolves prove they can win on the road it’s hard to put much stock in their ability to win there. Factor in the opponent being Houston and the likely next MVP James Harden.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
Rockets keep churning out victories with the only question being who starts and who comes off the bench.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 117 – Wolves 109
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