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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (22-46) at Houston Rockets (34-34)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at the Toyota Center.

The Timberwolves have split their last six games and will be looking to build on Wednesday's 114-108 win over the shorthanded Grizzlies. Zach LaVine dominated the game with a game-high 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 10 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins had 16 points as the Wolves jumped all over the Grizzlies early on set themselves up with a dominant 42-25 first quarter. Minnesota have now won three of their last five road games and two of their last three games overall to improve to 22-46 on the season. 

Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Rockets have won five of their last eight games but will be licking their wounds after getting crushed by the Clippers in a 122-106 loss on Wednesday. James Harden had a massive game of 33 points and eight assists on 11 of 23 shooting while Trevor Ariza and Michael Beasley added 16 points each, but the Rockets were really poor on  the defensive end, allowing the Clippers to pour in 72 points in the first half which left them too much ground to make up in the second half. The loss drops Houston back to .500 with a record of 34-34 overall which is only good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference.

In ATS trends, the Wolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Houston and 7-0 in the last seven meetings overall.

The Rockets absolutely need this win as they're looking to stay in the playoff picture but the Wolves have been playing surprisingly well so I'm taking them with the points in what could be a closer game it should be.

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Minnesota +8.5

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