Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12 – 3 – 2018




Houston Rockets vs  Minnesota Timberwolves Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick  12 – 3 – 2018

Houston Rockets (11-11) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12)

Date : 12/03/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves

The Houston Rockets will travel to Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Rockets have seemingly weathered the storm from a four-game losing streak while picking up their second straight win versus the Chicago Bulls with a 121 – 105 home win in their last outing as James Harden, once again, showed up for the Rockets in scoring 30 points while also hitting six threes on the night.

On the other hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves halted a four-game losing streak to the Boston Celtics at home as they suffered the 118 – 109 loss in their last outing as Boston took an early nine-point lead at the half while cruising to victory in the second behind 30 points from Gordon Hayward as he went 4-5 from 3-point range for the contest while also having nine rebounds along with eight assists. The Rockets have covered the spread in seven of the last nine meetings amongst these teams while the under has been the play in the last 5 meetings at Target Center.

 

Houston Rockets 's Latest Performance :

The Houston Rockets are now dealing with a full roster as Chris Paul has returned to the lineup and suddenly things are looking rosy in Houston, yet again. This was illustrated in their last outing as they won their second straight versus the Chicago Bulls as James Harden put up 30 points for the night while Chris Paul added 12 points along with 13 assists as he went only 4-11 from the floor for the night. Clint capela also added 17 points along with 15 rebounds in the win for Houston as they will now begin a three-game road trip starting with Minnesota as they are 1 – 3 in their last four road games, overall.

Nonetheless, the Rockets are allowing team to score only 105 points in their last two outings while the offense has gotten back into gear in averaging 128 points during this time. They will certainly look for a carryover affect to begin their road trip on Monday night; Yet, the Timberwolves are an outstanding defensive team in their own right as they have allowed only 100 or more points in only one of their last four games, as stated.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves's Latest Performance :

The Minnesota Timberwolves had only allowed opponents to score an average of 94 points per game in their last four outings;  However, in their last matchup versus the Boston Celtics at home, the Celtics shot 47% from the field for the game while nailing 17 three-pointers as they laid 118 points on the Timberwolves as the home team lost for the first time in five games. As stated, Gordon Hayward led the team with 30 points in the game while Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum ended the game with 21 and 19 points, respectively, for Boston in the win.

On the other hand, the Timberwolves shot 45% from the floor while hitting only 9 of 28 3-point attempts for the night as they were led by Karl Anthony towns who finished with 20 points along with nine rebounds while Robert Covington added 17 points along with 10 rebounds in the loss. Andre Wiggins also had 17 points despite going 5-12 from the floor. In all, the Timberwolves will look to get back on track versus a Houston Rockets team that has found their mojo, once again, after winning their second straight versus a reeling Chicago Bulls team their last outing.

 

How Houston Rockets & Minnesota Timberwolves Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Houston is 9 – 13 ATS while the OU is 14 – 8

Minnesota is 12 – 11 ATS while the OU is 8 – 15

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Houston Rockets will begin a three-game road trip versus the Minnesota Timberwolves a Monday night and will certainly be looking to continue their winning ways as they have played stellar both on offense as well as on the defensive end of the floor, lately. The Timberwolves, despite their last loss versus the Celtics, continue to be a solid team as well in 2018 and will certainly be looking to get back on track versus a dangerous Rockets squad that has not played well on the road lately. In all, look for this to be an exciting matchup from start to finish as the Timberwolves will be looking to neutralize an offense in the Rockets while the Rockets will be looking to push the pace early and often.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Minnesota Timberwolves

My reason for the pick :

 

 

While the Rockets are dealing with a healthy lineup at this point, I will have to back the Minnesota Timberwolves in this matchup as they will be  focused on getting back on the winning track after a stellar four game winning streak which ended at the hands of a surging Boston Celtics squad. This, of course, means that they will hunker down on the defensive end in which to limit opportunities for Houston in this contest while also isolating Towns on the block versus a Houston defense that has trouble guarding opposing offenses (more often than not). In all, look for the home team to show and prove in this matchup that they are indeed the better team thus far in 2018 by picking up a victory.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

The over has been the play in the last two home games for the Minnesota Timberwolves while being the result in the last four straight road games for the Houston Rockets. Also, combine this with the fact that Houston  have all hands on deck for this matchup, expect this to be a back-and-forth, offensive-minded affair to where Paul will be even more involved in the scoring aspect of the contest while also distributing the ball to his teammates, as usual. Minnesota, on the other hand, will also have ample opportunities to score in this matc up and will take advantage throughout the game, thus allowing the over to be the strong play in this game.

Betting trends for Houston Rockets :

  • Over is 8-0 in Rockets last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 6-0 in Rockets last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 7-0 in Rockets last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

Betting trends for Minnesota Timberwolves:

  • Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 10-1 in Timberwolves last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 7-1 in Timberwolves last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

Falepa

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