Two of the top-4 teams of the Western Conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the Houston Rockets (44-13), who are as hot as it gets with 10 straight wins, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-25), who were having their ups and downs before the break and want to bounce back. Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -8.5
Rockets have a 44-13 record (28-28-1 against the spread) so far this season. Houston rests in first place of the Western Conference. They have ten consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 100-91 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.
Timberwolves have a 36-25 record (28-31-2 against the spread) so far this season. Minnesota currently are in 4th place of the West. They have lost three of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Lakers with a 119-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 22.4 ppg, adding 5.5 rpg and 5 assists. He is followed by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.4 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game, while Andrew Wiggins adds 17.7 ppg.
Rockets have won both previous meetings against the Wolves this season (by 18 points on the road and by 18 points on the road as well). Houston is 23-6 at home so far this season. The Wolves are 12-18 on the road. The Rockets are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 114.1 ppg to Wolves’ 109.7 and defensively, allowing 105.4 ppg to Wolves’ 106.8. Wolves have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.97% to Rockets’ 46.25%, while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.58% to Wolves’ 35.57%. 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 red-hot right now and they are the absolute favorite for the win. Vegas odds give the Rockets a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory today.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -8.5 (-108)
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