A duel between two teams sitting on the top-4 spots of the Western Conference takes place today, when the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-24), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Houston Rockets (42-13), who have the second-best active winning streak in the league and want to extend it. Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-13-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +2.5
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Timberwolves have a 35-24 record (28-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Kings with a 111-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 22.5 ppg, adding 5.4 rpg and 5 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.1 ppg and a team high 12.1 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.9 ppg.
Rockets have a 42-13 record (27-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have eight consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 104-97 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 31.3 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and a team high 8.9 assists per game. He is followed by Chris Paul with 19.4 ppg and 8.3 assists per game, while Eric Gordon adds 18.6 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Rockets won at home with a 116-98 score. Wolves are 23-6 at home so far this season, while Rockets are 20-7 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 114.1 ppg to Wolves’ 109.6 and defensively, allowing 105.6 ppg to Wolves’ 106.4. Wolves have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 48% to Rockets’ 46.3%, while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.55% to Wolves’ 35.93%. Rockets are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.6 to Wolves’ 41.7, while Wolves are better in assists made, with 22.9 to Rockets’ 21.9. Rockets are coming in this game hot and Wolves have not been very stable lately. Vegas odds give Rockets a -2.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the road victory today.
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Houston Rockets -2.5 (-111)
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