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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (47-35) at Houston Rockets (65-17)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -10 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, FSN, AT&TSN

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to tie up this series and reverse him court before playing game three on Saturday. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 101 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 47 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 13 points and three assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points and six rebounds. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 27 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last eight road games.

Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets can take full control of this series with another victory and a 2-0 lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 44 points and eight assists while Chris Paul is averaging 14 points and four assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is grabbing five rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost two home games since January.

The Timberwolves are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Houston, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves can do a lot of things differently in game two, as Towns can shoot the ball more than nine times, Teague can take better care of the basketball and Butler can play better. That's encouraging signs for the Timberwolves who almost stole game one despite poor play from may key guys. The problem is the Houston Rockets were able to win despite shooting just 27 percent from deep. Gordon, Arizona and Gerald Green were a combined 1-14 from deep, and that's likely not going to happen again with the way this team shoots from the outside. If some of those shots fall, the Rockets win that game by double digits. It's also tough for the Timberwolves to expect consistent scoring from their bench that they got in game one. The Rockets shoot better and win a little easier in game two.

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