It figures to be a high-scoring affair as the Houston Rockets (42-13), 2.5-point favorites, travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves (35-24). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 222 points and it can be seen on ATTSN Southwest at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds
Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Timberwolves defeated the Sacramento Kings 111-106, while the Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97.
Houston played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.295 (above their season average of 0.238) and a turnover percentage of 8.9 (better than their season average of 12.4). Dallas put up marks of 0.118 and 12.3, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Minnesota played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.378 (above their season average of 0.224) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.561 (above their season average of 0.526). For those same stats, Sacramento was 0.136 and 0.534, respectively. Minnesota was led by Karl-Anthony Towns, who contributed 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chris Paul had a good game for Houston, putting up 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
It might turn into a high-scoring affair as a pair of the NBA’s top offenses face off. Minnesota currently ranks third with 112.0 points per 100 possessions and Houston is second (113.7).
Just over half of the Rockets’ games have finished under the projected point total. Houston comes into the game with records of 42-13 straight up (SU) and 27-27-1 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of Houston, Timberwolves games have a slight tendency to finish over the total (52.5 percent). Additionally, Minnesota owns records of 35-24 SU and 28-28-3 ATS.
Jimmy Butler has taken his game to another level recently for Minnesota, averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the last five games.
In their first matchup this season, Eric Gordon led the Rockets to a 116-98 victory. He scored a game-high 30 points. Houston covered as a 5-point favorite and the two teams combined to put up 214 points, which was under the projected point total of 224.5. The Rockets’ 25.6 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over the Timberwolves, who had a rate of 19.0.
Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Over
The Rockets are second in the league with 41.3 rebounds allowed per game while the Timberwolves are third with 41.4 rebounds allowed per game.
Houston ranks first in three pointers attempted per game (42.6) while Minnesota ranks 29th (22.2).
The Timberwolves average 18.5 points off turnovers per game, which ranks third in the NBA. The Rockets rank 17th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.3).
Minnesota ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.4) while Houston ranks ninth (7.4).
Minnesota averages 22.9 assists per game, which ranks 12th in the league. Houston ranks 17th in assists allowed per game (23.0).
The Timberwolves average 48.1 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Rockets rank 27th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.7).
The Rockets rank 16th in fast break points per game (11.0) while the Timberwolves rank 23rd in fast break points allowed per game (13.1).
Minnesota ranks third in second chance points per game (14.3) while Houston ranks 19th (11.6).
In games where they allow under 100 points, Houston is 19-2 and Minnesota is 16-4.
The Timberwolves are 33-15 when they score more than 100 points, while the Rockets are 41-10.
Houston is 16-11 ATS on the road, while Minnesota is 15-13-1 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 15 of the Timberwolves’ 29 home games, while 16 of the Rockets’ 27 road games have gone under.
The Rockets are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Timberwolves are 2-3.
In their last five games, Houston has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Minnesota has 4 overs and 1 under.
The Rockets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.6, up from 8.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 117.6 points per game (8.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 111.2 points per game (4.8 above their season average).