Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-42) at Houston Rockets (37-18)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -9 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets tonight.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were on a two-game skid heading into the All-Star break, but have started the second half of the season with a 111-109 win over the shorthanded Suns. Kevin Martin led the way with 28 points, Andrew Wiggins added 20 and Gorgui Dieng added 15 points as the Wolves took advantage of a Suns team missing several key starters due to injuries and recent trades. Defense was the key to the win as the Wolves held the Suns to just 44.9 percent shooting, including Eric Bledsoe to just 12 points so I'm giving plenty of credit to Ricky Rubio who played solid defense on Bledsoe while racking up 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds of his own. Minnesota has now won four of their last six games but are still only 12-42 on the season and 7-21 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets had lost three of four but were able to avoid a third straight loss on Saturday with a dominant 98-76 win over the Raptors. Corey Brewer had a monster game of 26 points, 10 rebounds and five steals while James Harden added 20 points and seven assists but this win was all about defense as the Rockets held the Raptors to just 32.5 percent shooting, outrebounded them by 52-39 and forced 23 turnovers. It's going to be tough to keep up those impressive numbers but the Rockets are so much harder to beat when they actually play like this.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record.
The Rockets really tore apart the Raptors in their last outing which was a bit of a surprise because the Raptors were coming off a big win over the Hawks, so I think there's little argument to suggest anything but another double digit win tonight.