Houston Rockets (42-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (35-24)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +3 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Target Center.
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.3 points and 8.9 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19.4 points and 8.3 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last nine road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a statement victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.5 points and five assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.2 points and 12.1 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t lost a home game since December 16.
The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Timberwolves are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves play their best ball at home by far and haven't lost a home game in nearly two months. The problem is the Timberwolves continue to trade baskets far too often, and the lack of defense isn't going to fly against an offensive powerhouse in the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have scored no less than 116 points in the last three meetings against the Timberwolves, and they've won nine of the last 10 meetings overall. The Rockets are an offense that isn't slowing down any time soon, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from deep in their last five games. I'll gladly lay the bucket with the better, more consistent team.