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Pointspread favors Rockets in battle with Timberwolves

Minnesota TimberwolvesHouston Rockets
March 15, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Odds

22-40TEAM RECORD35-30

The Houston Rockets host Minnesota on Friday, looking to build on their 35-30 mark against the 22-40 Timberwolves in NBA action at Toyota Center.

The Rockets bring a 35-30 record (35-29-1 ATS) to the battle against the 22-40 Timberwolves, who are 27-34-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 35-30 so far and the Timberwolves go 29-32-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Houston opened as 14.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 210 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 12-rated Rockets and the No. 23-rated Timberwolves in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 104-97 win for the Rockets on Friday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Timberwolves rank No. 9 in the league with 42.9 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 10 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 10.8 per game, while the Timberwolves rate No. 28 with 5.4 per contest.

Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.8 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 107-91 result against the Pacers on March 13. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 15.5-point underdog, while the 198 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Timberwolves got a 21-point performance from Ricky Rubio, who added 10 assists, but Indiana still ran past Minnesota 107-91 on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 111-81 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Rockets covered in the match as a 12-point favorite, while 192 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Phoenix was run off the court by the Rockets on Wednesday as Houston blasted the Suns 111-81 at Toyota Center.

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing New Orleans are 2-8
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Timberwolves at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota's last 12 games on the road
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Houston is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games when playing Minnesota
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to New Orleans, Sunday, March 17
Houston home to Golden State, Sunday, March 17