Minnesota Timberwolves (47-35) at Houston Rockets (65-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -11.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets meet Sunday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to build on their momentum after winning five of their last seven games to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.2 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing seven assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last 10 road games.
The Houston Rockets hope they can have the same success in the playoffs, as this team has lost just four games since January 26. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.4 points and 8.8 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.6 points and 7.9 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost just two home games since Christmas.
The Timberwolves are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games, 14-29-2 ATS in their last 45 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Northwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the offensive firepower to hang around in this series, but they're awful on the road and aren't good enough defensively, which also make sa case for them getting blown out. Either way, I don't like laying big chalk, let alone double-digit chalk in playoffs. Oddmakers love to throw out big numbers with the Rockets, but Houston is an ugly 9-17 ATS this season as a double-digit favorite. I'm taking the over in this spot, as it's a popular trend when these teams meet and both of these clubs can get what they want offensively. Also, combine the Timberwolves road scoring with the Rockets home scoring and you get 222 points per game. The value is over the total.