Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 01/11/17 – Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
Houston Rockets (31-9) at Minnesota Timberwolves (12-26)
NBA: Wednesday, January 11, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET
Line: Houston -3
The Houston Rockets hit the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves for a Wednesday night contest. On Nov. 7, the Rockets beat the Wizards 114-106. James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points and 15 assists. Houston has won 10 straight games while Minnesota has lost four of their last five. Harden leads the Rockets as he is averaging 28.5 points, 11.8 assists, and 8.4 rebounds. Minnesota is led by Karl-Anthony Towns who is averaging 21.7 points and 11.6 rebounds. The Rockets are second in the league in scoring (114.8 ppg) and the Timberwolves 19th in offense (103 ppg). It’s unclear if Zach LaVine (20.4 ppg) will play as he is dealing with a hip injury.
Rockets top Hornets in shootout
The Houston Rockets beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday night. Houston took control when they outscored Charlotte 67-47 in the first half. Harden was unstoppable going for 40 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. Corey Brewer had 15 points and five rebounds in the win. The Rockets had trouble containing Kemba Walker who had 25 points and 10 assists. Houston shot 49 percent from the field and Charlotte shot 48 percent. Eric Gordon missed the contest with a toe injury. Montrezl Harrell wound up with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting. Harrell has made 17-of-18 field goals over his last two games.
Both teams did a good job in limiting their mistakes as the Hornets had 11 turnovers and the Rockets committed 10. Trevor Ariza added 16 points on 3-of-6 from three-point range. Houston improved to 16-3 at home this season.
Towns leads Minnesota to win
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 101-92 on Monday night. Minnesota took control early on with a 33-19 first quarter. Towns led the Timberwolves with 34 points (15/19 fg) and 11 rebounds. Ricky Rubio had 13 points, 15 assists, and five steals. Minnesota out-rebounded Dallas 42-25 in the contest. The Mavericks shot 46 percent from the field and the Timberwolves shot 56 percent. The Timberwolves had trouble containing Harrison Barnes (30 points) and Dirk Nowitzki (26 points). Andrew Wiggins wound up with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Zach LaVine left the contest in the fourth quarter with a bruised left hip and he didn’t return.
Gorgui Dieng added 12 points and five rebounds in the win. The Timberwolves committed 19 turnovers and the Mavericks had 15. Minnesota improved 7-13 at home this year.
The Houston Rockets are:
- 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are:
- 4-0 under in last 4 vs. Western Conference.
- 5-1 under in last 6 vs. NBA Southwest.
Houston is a much better team at this stage despite all the talent that Minnesota has. Towns will have have a big game but it won’t be enough. Harden will have his way as he has all season and the Rockets will cruise.
The pick: Houston
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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