Upcoming Free Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets,
2-23-2018 - Prediction & Preview

This is a past game! View all upcoming NBA games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#813 Minnesota
Timberwolves
#814 Houston
Rockets

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:05pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Minnesota Timberwolves

36 - 25

28-30
ATS
33-27
O/U
109
PPG
106
OPPG

Houston Rockets

44 - 13

28-28
ATS
27-29
O/U
114
PPG
105
OPPG

Betting Trends

All NBA

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves (36-25; 28-31-2 ATS; 33-27 O/U) vs. Houston Rockets (44-13; 28-28-1 ATS; 26-30 O/U)

The red-hot Houston Rockets will host the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Western Conference clash Friday evening from the Toyota Center. The Timberwolves notched a 119-111 home win over the Lakers in their previous action, and the Rockets tallied a 100-91 home win against Sacramento in their last game before the break. Houston has took both meetings this season, winning 116-98 and 126-108.

Timberwolves In Good Shape in Standings

The Minnesota Timberwolves head back from the break holding onto fourth place in the Western Conference with the third place Spurs in their sights. They rallied for 35 points in the fourth quarter in their 119-111 home win against the Lakers in their final game before the break. Timberwolves’ leading scorer Jimmy Butler went 0 for 7 from beyond the arc in that one, however he did mange to finish with 24 points. The 28-year old shooting guard is averaging a solid 27 points this month, and he is up to 22.4 points on 47.6% shooting on the season. Butler has tallied 23 and 15 points in two games against the Rockets this season. Karl-Anthony Towns tallied his NBA-leading 51st double-double of the season by scoring 10 points with 18 boards in the T-Wolves’ previous action. The 22-year old center owns a 60% field goal percentage this month, and is currently averaging 20.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

The Timberwolves own a 5-5 record in their last ten games and they are struggling on the road, losing six consecutive road games to fall to 12-18 away from home on the season. Minnesota continues to excel offensively, averaging 109.7 points per game, good for sixth in the NBA. They are allowing an average of 106.8 points, placing them 19th in the NBA.

Red-Hot Rockets Riding 10 Game Winning Streak

The Houston Rockets return from the break as one of the hottest teams in the entire NBA, currently riding a ten game winning streak. They recorded a 100-91 home win against Sacramento in their previous action last Wednesday. Rockets’ leading scorer James Harden led the way offensively with a 28-point effort along with nine rebounds in the winning effort. The 28-year old superstar is having a career-year, posting an NBA-leading 31.3 points and ranks second in the NBA with nine assists per game. Harden is averaging 21.8 points in 30 career games against the Timberwolves. Chris Paul chipped in with 19 points and seven assists in the Rockets’ latest contest. The 12-year veteran point guard features a 51.4% field goal efficiency this month, and is currently averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 assists per game.

The Rockets hold a half game lead over the Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference heading into Thursday’s action. The Rockets have won nine straight at home to improve to 23-6 on their home court on the season. Houston ranks second in the entire NBA with an average of 114.1 points per game. They are conceding an average of 105.4 points, positioning them 12th overall.

Trends:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are:

  • 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 100 points in their previous game.

The Houston Rockets are:

  • 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
  • 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on three or more days of rest.
  • 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Northwest division.

I am going with the Rockets in this contest. Houston has defeated the Timberwolves by 18 points in both meetings this season, and they should notch another decisive win again in this one. Houston has won 10 straight and they scored 126 points in Minnesota a few weeks ago, so their powerhouse offense should have another big night. Minnesota is not a strong defensive team, as opponents are shooting 47.8% against them this season, and they have allowed at least 110 points in four out of their last five games.

Pick: Houston Rockets

The Rockets and Timberwolves both continue to pour on the points. Minnesota ranks fourth in the NBA with a 48% field goal percentage and they should have a productive night against a Rockets defense that will give up points, plus the over is 6-0 in their last six games after scoring at least 100 points in their previous game. Houston was able to score 126 points in Minnesota earlier this month, and they should have no problem scoring points against a shaky Timberwolves defense, plus the over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

Pick: Over

4

Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about about various sports as well as personal finance. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Bank the Bet Podcast
Wednesday, Dec 19
NCAAF
#213 Ohio U -2.5
#214 San Diego State 55
8:00pm
View Pick
NBA
#553 New York Knicks
#554 Philadelphia 76ers
7:05pm
View Pick
#555 San Antonio Spurs -1
#556 Orlando Magic 207
7:05pm
View Pick
#557 Cleveland Cavaliers 220
#558 Charlotte Hornets -12
7:05pm
View Pick
#559 Phoenix Suns 220
#560 Boston Celtics -12
7:35pm
View Pick
#561 Indiana Pacers 208.5
#562 Toronto Raptors -7.5
7:35pm
View Pick
#563 Detroit Pistons 220
#564 Minnesota Timberwolves -5
8:05pm
View Pick
#565 Washington Wizards 224.5
#566 Houston Rockets -11
8:05pm
View Pick
#567 Brooklyn Nets -2
#568 Chicago Bulls 215.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#569 New Orleans Pelicans 232.5
#570 Milwaukee Bucks -8
8:05pm
View Pick
#571 Golden State Warriors -3
#572 Utah Jazz 218
9:05pm
View Pick
#573 Memphis Grizzlies 201
#574 Portland Trailblazers -6
10:05pm
View Pick
#575 Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5
#576 Sacramento Kings 236.5
10:05pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#701 Auburn 157
#702 NC State -1
7:00pm
View Pick
#703 Western Michigan 139.5
#704 Dayton -13
7:00pm
View Pick
#705 UNCW 159
#706 Georgia State -12
7:00pm
View Pick
#707 Penn State -6
#708 Duquesne 137
7:00pm
View Pick
#709 Virginia -9
#710 South Carolina 134
7:00pm
View Pick
#711 Cal Irvine -4
#712 Eastern Michigan 130
7:00pm
View Pick
#713 Cornell
#714 Toledo
7:00pm
View Pick
#715 ODU -5
#716 Richmond 130
7:00pm
View Pick
#717 Arkansas - Little Rock
#718 Memphis
8:00pm
View Pick
#719 Southern Miss 127.5
#720 Kansas State -12.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#721 Valaparaiso 143
#722 Texas A&M -10.5
8:30pm
View Pick
#723 Georgia Tech 145
#724 Arkansas -8.5
9:00pm
View Pick
#725 UCLA 135
#726 Cincinnati -8
9:00pm
View Pick
#727 California 143.5
#728 Fresno State -10.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#729 Boise State 126
#730 Loyola Marymount -5
10:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#83 Pittsburgh 7
#84 Washington -140
8:05pm
View Pick
#85 Montreal 6
#86 Colorado -155
8:35pm
View Pick
Thursday, Dec 20
NCAAF
#215 Marshall -3
#216 USF 54.5
8:00pm
View Pick
Friday, Dec 21
NCAAF
#217 FIU 66.5
#218 Toledo -4.5
12:30pm
View Pick
Saturday, Dec 22
NCAAF
#221 Wake Forest 73
#222 Memphis -3
12:00pm
View Pick
#223 Houston 67.5
#224 Army -4.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#225 Buffalo -1.5
#226 Troy 53.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#227 Louisiana Tech 58.5
#228 Hawaii -1
10:30pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Dec 26
NCAAF
#229 Boston College 55
#230 Boise State -2
1:30pm
View Pick
#231 Minnesota 61
#232 Georgia Tech -4.5
5:15pm
View Pick
#233 TCU 41
#234 California -1
9:00pm
View Pick
Thursday, Dec 27
NCAAF
#235 Duke 56.5
#236 Temple -4
1:30pm
View Pick
#237 Miami - FL -3.5
#238 Wisconsin 47
5:15pm
View Pick
#239 Vanderbilt -4
#240 Baylor 55
9:00pm
View Pick
Friday, Dec 28
NCAAF
#241 Auburn -3.5
#242 Purdue 54.5
1:30pm
View Pick
#243 Syracuse 74
#244 West Virginia -1.5
5:15pm
View Pick
#247 Iowa State 54.5
#248 Washington State -3.5
9:00pm
View Pick
Saturday, Dec 29
NCAAF
#249 Florida 50.5
#250 Michigan -7.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#251 South Carolina -5.5
#252 Virginia 55
12:00pm
View Pick
#245 Arkansas State -2
#246 Nevada 58.5
1:15pm
View Pick
#255 Notre Dame 56
#256 Clemson -13.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#253 Oklahoma 79
#254 Alabama -14
8:00pm
View Pick
Monday, Dec 31
NCAAF
#257 Virginia Tech 53.5
#258 Cincinnati -5.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#259 Pittsburgh 52
#260 Stanford -6
2:00pm
View Pick
#261 Michigan State 48
#262 Oregon -3
3:00pm
View Pick
#263 Missouri -7.5
#264 Oklahoma State 71
3:45pm
View Pick
#265 Northwestern 45
#266 Utah -7
7:00pm
View Pick
#267 NC State 58.5
#268 Texas A&M -6.5
7:30pm
View Pick
Tuesday, Jan 1
NCAAF
#269 Iowa 44.5
#270 Mississippi St -7
12:00pm
View Pick
#273 LSU -7.5
#274 UCF 54.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#271 Kentucky 48
#272 Penn State -7
1:00pm
View Pick
#275 Washington 58.5
#276 Ohio State -6.5
5:00pm
View Pick
#277 Texas 58
#278 Georgia -13.5
8:45pm
View Pick
Monday, Dec 24
NFL
#131 Denver Broncos -2.5
#132 Oakland Raiders 45
8:15pm
View Pick