Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday, December 17th, 2016

    Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio
    Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio. Photo taken by Joe Bielawa

    Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 8pm EST. Rockets beat New Orleans 122-100 last night while Timberwolves have been on a 3-day rest. Even though Minnesota got their first win in the last 10 games on Tuesday and the Rockets are on a 9 game winning streak. Houston is only a 3 point favorite for tonight’s NBA game.

    Houston and Minnesota Against The Spread

    In the last 10 head-to-head games, Houston leads 9-1. 5-5 against the spread and the over/under 9-1. This season the Rockets on the road are 10-5 and 12-3 against the spread. Minnesota at home this season are 3-9 and 4-8 against the spread.

    (20-7) Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves (7-18)

    Date: Saturday, December 17th, 2016
    Time: 8pm EST
    Venue: Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Official Twitter Hashtags: #PowerOfThePack, #Rockets50, #HOUvsMIN
    Moneyline Odds: N/A
    Spread Odds: Rockets -3 (-110), Timberwolves +3 (-110)
    Over/Under Odds: 220 (-110)
    Odds provided by Bovada, for updated odds click here.

    NBA Pick: $5 on Rockets -3 at -110 odds.

    Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction

    Rockets vs Timberwolves Team Average Stats

    • Points Per Game*: Rockets 117.4, Timberwolves 99.6
    • Field Goal %: Rockets 47%, Timberwolves 45%
    • 3 Point %: Rockets 38%, Timberwolves 34%
    • Free Throw %: Rockets 74%, Timberwolves 77%

    *- Average points per game are over the last 5 games.

    Minnesota Timberwolves first victory in the last 10 games showed that they can play team basketball on the NBA level. However, the Timberwolves are going up against a red-hot Houston Rockets team on a 9 game winning streak. The Rockets are beating teams by an average of 17 points. Given that Houston is only a 3 point favorite for this game even with no rest, I believe the Rockets can cover the spread with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Going by the average numbers above, Houston shouldn’t have a problem outscoring Minnesota with field goal shots and 3 pointers as long as they stay out of foul trouble. The Timberwolves average a good 77% at the free throw line.

    If somehow the game is close late in the 4th quarter, Minnesota will have a fighting chance to stay in the game with free throws alone. However, the Rockets 3 point shooters have been on fire game after game. So my NBA betting pick is still Rockets -3 against the spread at -110 odds.

    What do you think about tonight’s NBA game Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves?


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