Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets - 11/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Target Center)

MIN -110, MIN -2.5

The Houston Rockets head to Minnesota on Saturday for a game against the Timberwolves, but first must make a stop in Indiana on Friday to face the Pacers.  In their last game the Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the score of 102-93.  James Harden had a monster game in what has been a brilliant season as he scored 47 points while shooting 12 of 26 from the field and 16 of 17 from the free throw line.  Harden also led the Rockets in assists as he dished out 7 on the night in the 44 minutes that he played.  Clint Capela had another big game for the Rockets as he collected 20 rebounds, including 2 offensively. 

With the win in their last game, the Houston Rockets are now 8-3 and are currently in 1st in the Southwest Division.  James Harden is Houston’s leading scorer and is scoring 38.2 points per game and is always a threat to shoot, especially with the step back three. Harden is also the Rockets leader in assists per game with 8.2.  Center Clint Capela has really stepped up his game lately and is leading the Rockets in rebounds per game with 12.5.  The Rockets come into Saturday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Nene and Eric Gordon are listed as out while Clint Capela is listed as day to day. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the Houston Rockets into town on Saturday, but first must play the Washington Wizards on Friday night.  In their last game, the Timberwolves defeated the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 129-114.  Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves in points on the night, scoring 30 while shooting 12 of 23 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Wiggins also led the Timberwolves in assists with 7.   Karl-Anthony Towns was Minnesota’s leader in rebounds with 11, with 2 coming offensively to go along with his 28 points on the night. 

On the year Minnesota is now 7-4 which places them in 3rd place in the Northwest Division.  Andrew Wiggins leads the Timberwolves in points per game on the season with 25.9.  Karl-Anthony Towns continues his dominant season and leading the Timberwolves in assists with 4.2 per game, rebounds per game with 12 and blocks per game with 1.6.  Minnesota comes into Wednesday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Jordan Bell and Shabazz Napier are all listed as out while Andrew Wiggins is listed as day to day.    

As of Friday, the Rockets are scoring 118.6 points per game which is 2nd in the NBA while allowing 116.1 points per game which Is ranked 7th.  The Timberwolves have scored 117.2 points per game with is 5th in the NBA while allowing 116.2 points per game which is ranked 6th.  As of Friday night, Houston is 5-0 in their last 5 games while Minnesota is 3-2.  The teams are extremely even on the stat sheet in terms of points scored and allowed per game so this one could come down to the wire.  However, I will go with any team that has James Harden as he has been on fire all season.  Rockets win 125-122 and cover the spread. 


Travis’s Pick HOU +125, HOU +3

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