In this battle between two Western Conference teams that have high hopes for the season but both are mediocre so far, the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12), who saw a winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Houston Rockets (11-11), who want to extend a small winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 12-03-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Timberwolves +2
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 11-12 record (12-11 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in 12th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning at home against the Celtics with a 109-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 20.6 ppg, adding a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 19.3 ppg and 4.4 dimes per game.
Houston Rockets have a 11-11 record (9-13 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 9th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Bulls with a 121-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 30.6 ppg, adding 5.7 boards and a team high 8.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.8 ppg and a team high 12 boards per game.
In their nine meetings last season the Rockets led the Wolves 8-1 wins including a 4-1 win in the quarterfinals. Timberwolves have a 9-4 home record this season, while the Rockets are 6-6 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 110 ppg to Wolves’ 109.8 and defensively, allowing 109.8 ppg to Wolves’ 110.5 ppg. Rockets have a better field goal percentage (45% to 44.2%), while Wolves have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.5%). Wolves are better in boards grabbed (44 to 41.4), in dimes made (23.2 to 21.4) and in turnovers committed (13.3 to 13.6). Rockets have been mediocre on the road and while Vegas odds give them a -2 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Timberwolves in this one.
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves +2 (-108)
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