NBA Odds & Predictions: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday February 13th, 2019
Houston Looks for One More Win Before Break Visiting Minnesota
James Harden is looking to make it 31 straight games scoring at least 30 points as he continues to carry Houston on his back. The team has also been battling injuries all season and Austin Rivers, the backup point guard who’s been an excellent addition will join Clint Capela on the sidelines for this one.
Houston is coming into the game 7-3 in their last ten games including victories over Toronto, Utah and Sacramento. They lost to Oklahoma City on Saturday and followed it up with a 120-104 win over Dallas.
Harden had 31 points in the win and four other players had 17 points or more. One of those is Chris Paul, starting to look better in his return from injury. He had 17 and 11 assists. Another is Capela’s replacement Kenneth Faried who put up 17 points and eight rebounds and made seven of eight field goals.
Minnesota beat the Clippers 130-120 on Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak and a stretch where they had lost six of seven.
The team got an initial boost when Ryan Saunders took over as head coach, but they’ve resorted to their previous ways, struggling especially on defense.
The team is hoping for a boost though as both Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague returned to the lineup on Monday. Both players have been in and out of the lineup for much of the season and the team arguably played their best ball earlier in the season when they were both healthy.
Against the Clippers the two combined for 41 points in 60 minutes of play and were a great support to Karl Anthony-Towns who led the way with 24 points.
Rose is on the injury report ahead of this game, but is probable. Andrew Wiggins on the other hand is questionable with an illness and he missed Monday’s game.
Houston is averaging 117.8 PPG and allowing 111.4 PPG in their last ten.
Minnesota is averaging 112.1 PPG and allowing 110.3 PPG in their last ten and are 4-6 over that span.
Houston is -3 road favorites for this one and have been great on the road of late. As long as they are not checked out in their last game before the break I think they’ll do enough to win. The Pick: Rockets 124-118.