NBA Betting Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets – February 23, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Date & Time: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Houston Rockets -8.5
Over/Under Total: 226
Quick Pick: Rockets/Timberwolves O226
The Western Conferences #1 and #4 team will square off on Friday Night as the Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. This game is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and is slated to tip off at 8:00 PM ET.
The Rockets and Timberwolves have played 2 times already this year. In both of those games, the Rockets won and covered the spread by the score of 126-108 and 116-98. Over the last 10 games between the Rockets and T-Wolves, the Rockets have won 9 out of 10 games SU but have only covered the spread in 3 of the 10 games!
Bookmaker has made the Houston Rockets the 8.5 point favorite in the game and have set the total at 226 points.
T-Wolves Struggle To Cover The Spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in 4th place in the Western Conference with a 36-25 record. They split their last 10 games heading into the All-Star Break, going 5-5 in those games. The T-Wolves have the 6th ranked offense in the NBA and are led by Jimmy Butler. Butler is averaging 22.4 points per game and leads the team in minutes on the court with 37.3 MPG.
The Timberwolves have been a tough team to beat when they are playing at home but when they go out on the road, they have had their struggles. They have gone 12-18 on the road this year and will now play 4 of their next 5 games on the road, including this game against the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The T-Wolves have really struggled to close out the first half of the season with covering the spread. The Timberwolves failed to cover the spread in their last 5 games overall to close out the first half.
Rockets Ate Hottest Team In NBA
The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA. They have won 10 games straight and moved into first place in the Western Conference. The Rockets have a ½ game lead over the Golden State Warriors and will be looking to carry over their momentum as they take on the Timberwolves to kick off the second half of the season.
The Rockets are very tough at home, posting a 23-6 record at the Toyota Center. They have the 2nd best offense in the NBA behind Shooting Guard James Harden. Harden is averaging 31.3 points per game and also leads the team with 9 assists per game.
The Rockets are starting to finally get healthy and their injury report finally is looking fairly clear. They have removed Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza from the injury report and both players are expected to be available on Friday when they take on the T-Wolves.
Rockets and T-Wolves Light Up Scoreboard
Both of these teams can score some points and both will light up the three pointers in the game. When the Rockets are on with their shooting, no one can get close to competing with them but as we seen a few weeks ago when the T–Wolves took on the Cavaliers, they also can light up the stat line with three pointers. Both of these teams are going to score lots of points and push this game over the posted total!
Pick: Houston vs. Minnesota Over 226 for 3 units