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Timberwolves vs Rockets Preview

Houston RocketsMinnesota Timberwolves
34-17February 10, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center24-27

Houston travels to Minnesota on Monday, hoping to boost its 34-17 mark with a victory over the Timberwolves.

This season the Timberwolves are 24-27 overall and 26-25 ATS against the number, while the Rockets are 34-17 and 26-22-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Minnesota is 24-25-2 on the OU, and Houston is 22-27-2.

View Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 11 (Timberwolves) and the No. 17 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 101-99 result in favor of the Timberwolves is predicted by handicapping models.

Houston was a 101-95 winner in its last match on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 196 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Dwight Howard scored 27 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for Houston on Saturday, leading the Rockets to a 101-95 victory over Milwaukee at Bradley Center.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 117-110 result against the Trail Blazers on February 8. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 227 combined points took the game OVER the total. Corey Brewer went off for 26 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Portland defeated Minnesota, 117-110 at Target Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 105.59 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 18 at 101.43 PPG. The Timberwolves field goal percentage has averaged 43.61% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.33% per game.

Next up:
Houston home to Washington, Wednesday, February 12th
Minnesota home to Denver, Wednesday, February 12th