Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/10/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Timberwolves (19-44) at Houston Rockets (39-24)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -13 -- Over/Under: 244
The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a bit of a slump as they've lost nine of their past 12 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting routed by the Pelicans in a 120-107 home loss on Sunday. Malik Beasley led the team with 21 points on eight of 20 shooting, D'Angelo Russell added 19 points with five assists while James Johnson chipped in with 15 points and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 39 percent from the field and eight of 33 from the 3-point line as they trailed by eight points at halftime, but they couldn't keep up in the third quarter where the Pelicans picked up the pace to push out their lead to as many as 20 points.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in poor form lately as they will be hoping to avoid a season-high five straight defeat after getting routed by the Magic in a 126-106 home loss on Sunday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, James Harden added 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists while Jeff Green chipped in with 18 points on eight of eight shooting off the bench. As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 32 from the 3-point line, but the writing was on the wall early in this one as the Rockets were already trailing by 25 points going into halftime.
Looking at the betting trends, the Timberwolves are 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 games against a team above .600, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings overall, the Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Houston and the Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
Eric Gordon is considered questionable for Tuesday with a knee injury while Ben McLemore is questionable due to an illness, so the Rockets are likely to be shorthanded once again in this one. However, even with the injuries, the Rockets should have more than enough firepower to get past the slumping Timberwolves who have little to play for at this stage of the season. The Rockets have looked a little shaky in their last four games, but I'm sure they can snap out of their funk with a win here. However, the line is just too hefty to justify taking the Rockets in this spot, so I'm taking the points here.