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(65-17) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets (47-35)
Date: Sunday April 15th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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The NBA Playoffs are finally here! In this one, it’s the 1/8 showdown between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets.
These teams have already played four times this year, with the Houston Rockets winning all four of the games. The Rockets are also the heavy favorites in this game.
Just getting into the playoffs was quite the feat for the Minnesota Timberwolves and after missing the playoffs for 14 straight seasons even if they get swept in the playoffs this was still a successful season.
For the Wolves they have won three straight games, and in the last game it was a win or go home against the Denver Nuggets. It took until overtime but in the end they made more plays down the stretch and that led to the big victory.
The Wolves seem to just be getting better at playing together though. With Jimmy Butler missing an extended time with his knee injury they have taken a little bit to get used to playing together with each other.
For the Wolves their defense has struggled a lot, and that has led to a ton of issues. In this series, the Wolves are going to need to find a way to slow down James Harden and the three-point shooting.
If they can make the three-point shooting hard for the Rockets they will have a chance in this game, otherwise, it could ugly early.
On the other side of this matchup is the Houston Rockets who many feel are the favorites to win the NBA title and for good reason.
They come into the playoffs with home court locked up, and all season they have looked like a team that has been on a mission.
For the Houston Rockets, the game plan is pretty simple. They are going to try and make more three pointers than the other team attempts.
They try to push the pace and get up as many shots as possible. It has worked out for the most part but when they have off nights shooting they don’t have much to fall back on.
To win this series they need to try and get three pointers flying early. If they can do that and make a ton of them they should have no issue running up the score and winning the series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
- Over is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
- Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Houston.
- Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
- Under is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 road games.
- Over is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 Sunday games.
- Under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Rockets are the better team, and this is going to get ugly early.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston ATS
They will have no issue running up the score and that will lead to an easy victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 122 – Minnesota 104
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