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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/23/13

Minnesota Timberwolves (7-6) at Houston Rockets (8-5)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -6 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds


The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to make it back to back wins tonight when they take on the Houston Rockets.

The Wolves have been pretty inconsistent all season but after consecutive losses to the Wizards and the Clippers, things look to be turning around for Minnesota who are coming off a 111-81 win over the Nets last night. Kevin Love had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in just 28 minutes while Kevin Martin added 17 himself to lead five players in double figures as the Wolves cruised to victory in a game where they led by as many as 37 points. With the win, Minnesota improve to 8-6 on the season and 6-2 at home.

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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/23/13

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Meanwhile, the Rockets fell just short of a fourth straight victory after losing to the Mavericks by 123-120 on Wednesday. Dwight Howard led the team with a season-high 33 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden added 23 points and eight assists, but the Rockets failed to hold onto an 18-point lead in the third quarter. The problem was once again defense as they allowed the Mavs to shoot a blistering 58.3 percent from the field, including a total of 36 points in the fourth quarter. Houston has now allowed an average of 108.4 points in their last five outings which isn't a good sign which isn't good enough when you have a defensive star like Howard in the paint.

In ATS trends, the Wolves are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall, while the Rockets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the Wolves are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Houston.

Looking at this game, I keep switching between taking the Wolves with the points and taking the home team to win by double digits. The only thing I can be sure of is that this game is certain to be a free-flowing fast paced game so you can expect plenty of points in this one tonight. I'm actually taking the over in this game.

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