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

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets - 3/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (55-14) at Minnesota Timberwolves (40-30)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +7 -- Over/Under: 221 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Houston Rockets look for yet another victory, as they’ve won 20 of their last 21 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.9 points and 8.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.7 points and eight assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 12 of their last 13 road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a statement victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.7 points and 12.2 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.9 points and 1.8 assists. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four of their last six home games.

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The Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Timberwolves are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Rockets are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Minnesota and the over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.

The Houston Rockets are obviously the better team and have been covering numbers while piling up SU wins at an insane clip. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves play their best ball by far at home and need this game in the worst way, as they're in danger of falling to the eighth seed or even missing the playoff altogether if these losses continue. The Timberwolves have also covered a great deal of games at home. The Rockets probably win outright, but there's value with the points here.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves +7

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

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