Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (29-17) at Houston Rockets (30-12)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -5 -- Over/Under: 223 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.6 points and 5.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.1 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost three straight road games.

The Houston Rockets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.6 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 47 percent shooting. Eric Gordon is averaging 19.7 points and 2.6 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.6 points and 9.1 assists. Gerald Green is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last six home games.

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The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a brutal loss to the Orlando Magic, and that may have been a lookahead game. Minnesota needs wins like this to prove it can hang with the big boys and should be taken seriously. The Rockets were already without Harden, but now they're missing depth with Ariza and Green suspended. The value is with the points in this game.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves +5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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