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Timberwolves vs Rockets Betting Preview

Houston RocketsMinnesota Timberwolves
Jan 19, 8:00 PM | Target Center

Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds

21-20TEAM RECORD16-20

The Rockets will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota at Target Center on Saturday in NBA action.

Supporters of the Rockets have seen them go 21-20 and 21-19-1 ATS so far this season, while the Timberwolves are at 16-20 and 17-19 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Timberwolves are 18-18, while the Rockets are 24-17.

View Houston vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Timberwolves) and the No. 13 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 101-98 result in favor of the Rockets is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 24-ranked offense (94.8 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 30 at 103.7 PPG. The Timberwolves have averaged 42.7% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (45.7% on average).

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 104 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 105-95 loser as they battled the Pacers on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 200 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Omer Asik scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 105-95 against Indiana in NBA action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 90-77 result against the Clippers on January 17. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 167 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Minnesota got 21 points from Luke Ridnour but lost anyway 90-77 against the Clippers on Thursday at Target Center.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 8-2
After playing Indiana are 9-1
After a loss are 3-7

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rockets at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Houston is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Houston's last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Houston
Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Minnesota is 5-14-1 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Charlotte, Monday, January 21
Minnesota at Atlanta, Monday, January 21