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(22-35) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houtston Rockets (41-18)
Date: Saturday February 25
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center – Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -11
NBA Betting Total: 228
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The Houston Rockets kicked off the post-All-Star-Game run with an easy victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are doing that in this one on Saturday.
Houston improved over the break by trading for sharpshooter and natural scorer Lou Williams.
Minnesota stood pat despite numerous rumors surrounding Ricky Rubio and the New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose, but that’s not a problem for a team (most likely) targeting the lottery at this point in the process.
*All standings, statistics, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 24.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are not out of the playoff hunt just yet. They sit in the 13th spot in the Western Conference, which is obviously less than ideal if you’re trying to make the postseason, but they’re only 3.5 games back from the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets.
In all likelihood, this team will be lottery-bound for two reasons. For starters, Zach LaVine is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Once known simply as a dunker, he’s rounded out his game and his presence is missed.
The other reason is that other teams ahead of them vying for that final spot got better at the trade deadline.
The Nuggets got rid of disgruntled Jusuf Nurkic for a playmaking mastermind in Mason Plumlee.
The Portland Trail Blazers, who sent Plumlee Denver’s way, took back Nurkic, who has already looked more comfortable in Portland’s rotation.
There’s also the New Orleans Pelicans to think about. That group just paired DeMarcus Cousins — one of the game’s best bigs — alongside Anthony Davis — one of the game’s best bigs.
On Saturday, the ‘Wolves will find themselves up against one of the biggest offensive juggernauts the league has to offer.
That’s going to be a problem for a team that is just 8-17 overall on the road this season.
It’s also just 10-15 ATS as visitors.
The Rockets were already dangerous scoring the basketball and shooting from behind the arc.
Now they’re downright lethal with Lou Williams on board.
Houston enters this game with a 21-7 overall record at home. Not too shabby.
The problem is that the record dips own to .500 when you look at the team’s success rate ATS.
What’s the difference? To be frank, oddsmakers.
Because the Rockets score as quickly and efficiently as they do, there’s an assumption that they’re going to blow everybody out of the water. That’s not always the case, though, as their defense is atrocious on most night.
The question here isn’t whether or not the Rockets are going to win (they almost certainly will. The question is whether or not the ‘Wolves can cover.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Timberwolves are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Rockets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Timberwolves are a talented young team that’s going to be dangerous in the next 2-3 seasons.
Unfortunately, that does them little good Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston ATS
If the Rockets somehow have an off night shooting the ball (for instance, if they try too hard to integrate newcomer Lou Williams), this could end up being closer than advertised.
The catch is that we don’t see that happening.
Give this to Houston at home by 15.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 125 – Minnesota Timberwolves 110
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