Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets - 4/11/14
Houston Rockets (52-26) at Minnesota Timberwolves (39-39)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN Houston, FSN
The Houston Rockets will look to sweep the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
The Rockets head into this matchup winning eight of their last 12 games and still fighting with the Portland Trail Blazers for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. On the season, the Rockets average 107.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allow 103 points on 44.2 percent shooting. The Rockets are averaging 121 points in their last five games, and Omar Asik is grabbing 15.4 rebounds during that stretch. The Houston Rockets are 39-37-2 ATS overall and 18-21 ATS on the road.
USA TODAY Sports
The Timberwolves have lost four of their last seven games and are just trying to finish the season on a positive note. On the season, the Timberwolves average 106.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allow 103.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Kevin Love and Jose Barea are questionable for this matchup with injuries. While the Timberwolves are capable of scoring with anybody, they’ve allowed 17 of their last 20 opponents to score more than 100 points. Ricky Rubio is shooting 46.4 percent from the field in his last five games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 38-40 ATS overall and 18-21 ATS at home.
The Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Rockets are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota, while the road team is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
The reason this line is so low is because Houston may rest its starters to prepare for the playoffs. I don't care. The Rockets are still the much better team and should this game pretty easily against a Minnesota squad that plays no defense. Call it a sucker bet if you willl, but I'm still biting.
Give me the Rockets.