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#573 Houston Rockets -5.5 vs.
#574 Minnesota Timberwolves 234.5
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
Target Center, Minneapolis
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

When: Friday, January 24, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be trying to snap their seven-game losing streak when they take on the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

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Rockets Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Rockets were able to snap their four-game losing streak with a win over the Denver Nuggets in their last game and will be trying to keep the momentum going with a win over the Timberwolves, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last seven games.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 118.4 points per game, which is second-best. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 121 points in their last game and will need another solid offensive performance if they want to beat the Timberwolves.

Russell Westbrook led the way for the Rockets with 28 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. James Harden finished with 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Eric Gordon added 22 points and two assists for the Rockets.

Houston has struggled defensively, holding opponents to 114 points per game. They gave up 105 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Timberwolves.

Timberwolves Going For Second Win In 10 Games

The Timberwolves haven’t had much go their way over the last two weeks, losing their last seven games. They will be trying to snap their losing streak and pick up their second win in their last 10 games when they face the Rockets on Friday.

Minnesota has played well offensively, averaging 111.1 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range. They finished with 110 points in their last game and will need a much better performance to keep up with the Rockets.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the way for the Timberwolves with 40 points and six rebounds. Andrew Wiggins finished with 25 points, five rebounds, and nine assists, while Shabazz Napier added 16 points, seven rebounds, and five for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota hasn’t played as well on the defensive end, giving up 114.6 points per game. They gave up 117 points in their last game and will need a significantly better performance if they want to beat the Rockets.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Timberwolves have struggled defensively, giving up 114.6 points per game. Even though they have played better at home, where they are holding opponents to 112.3 points per game, they will have a hard time slowing down the Rockets, who are averaging 118.4 points per game. The Rockets have also struggled defensively, giving up 114 points per game. Despite their defensive struggles, they will frustrate the Timberwolves, who are averaging 111.1 per game, offensively because Minnesota has struggled to score at home, averaging 107.9 points per game at the Target Center. The Rockets have also done a better job rebounding the ball, averaging 47.4 rebounds per game to Minnesota’s 46.1 rebounds per game, which will give them more scoring opportunities in this game. With the Rockets winning seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, Houston is the best bet.

Prediction: Houston Rockets

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Timberwolves and Rockets have both struggled defensively with Houston giving up 114 points per game and Minnesota giving up 114.6 points per game. The Rockets are averaging 118.4 points per game and will go over their season average against the Timberwolves, who gave up 139 points when they played the Rockets earlier this month. The Timberwolves are averaging 111.1 points per game and should also be able to go over their season average against the Rockets, who gave up 109 points in their first meeting and gave up 115.8 points per game in their last five games. With the Rockets and Timberwolves going over the total in five of their last seven games, the over is the smart play here.

Prediction: Over

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Rockets will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Timberwolves in the first half of their last three games, averaging 63 points per game while the Timberwolves average 56 points per game.

Prediction: Houston Rockets

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The Rockets and Timberwolves are averaging 119 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.