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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets 11/5/22 NBA Pick, Predictions, Odds

Houston Rockets (1-8) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-4)
November 5, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -8.5 ; Over/Under:
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The Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves will duke it out at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday night (11/5). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00p ET (7:00p Central).

The Houston Rockets have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games and they will be hoping to arrest a five-game slide after falling to the Clippers in a 109-101 loss on Wednesday. Alperen Sengun led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green each scored 22 points while Daishen Nix chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Rockets shot just 42 percent from the field and 11 of 38 from the 3-point line as they allowed the Clippers off to a quick start and were always playing from behind. The Rockets shot themselves in the foot with 19 turnovers and Jabari Smith Jr. had a night to forget as he scored just two points on one of 10 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a rut of their own as they’ve lost four of their past six games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a three-game skid after getting routed by the Bucks in a 115-102 loss last night. Anthony Edwards led the team with 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while Jaylen Nowell chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 42 percent from the field and 11 of 41 from the 3-point line, but they struggled to contain the Bucks right from the start and were always fighting an uphill battle after falling behind by 22 points.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record. The Timberwolves are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in Minnesota and the Rockets are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.

The Rockets are again missing Jae’Sean Tate, Jabari Smith Jr and TyTy Washington Jr while the Timberwolves are at full strength for this one. The Rockets have been struggling since opening night and they are coming into this one riding a five-game losing streak. The Timberwolves need a win over anyone to get them out of their funk and it looks like they have an ideal opponent in the Rockets.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Minnesota -8.5

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