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Rockets visit Timberwolves in hoops battle

Houston RocketsMinnesota Timberwolves
Dec 26, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

15-12TEAM RECORD13-12

Houston pays a visit to Minnesota on Wednesday, hoping to send the Timberwolves to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Target Center.

The Rockets will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 14-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Timberwolves are 15-10 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Houston is 15-12 on the totals; Minnesota is 13-12.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Timberwolves and the No. 12-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 103-101 result in favor of the Rockets.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rockets rank No. 6 in the league with 43.9 per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 5 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is the NBA’s No. 24-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Rockets rate No. 2 with 9.7 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 28-rated mark, allowing 105.5 points per game when playing on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in scoring on their home court.

The Rockets were a 120-97 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (217) made winners of OVER bettors. The Rockets blew out Chicago on Tuesday, running up the score in a 120-97 win at United Center.

Minnesota was a 94-91 loser in its last match on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 185 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Timberwolves got a 21-point performance from Nikola Pekovic, who added 17 rebounds, but New York still ran past Minnesota 94-91 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 3-7
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 0-10
After playing New York are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rockets at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at San Antonio, Friday, December 28
Minnesota home to Phoenix, Saturday, December 29

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