Minnesota vs Houston Rockets by Rahul

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Minnesota
VS
Houston-Rockets
Houston Rockets are among the form teams in the NBA as they head to Minnesota on the back of a 9 game winning streak. While everyone might think that James Harden is the reason for this great form, its actually the team work that has really contribute for this team to deliver. Eric Gordon (17.4 ppg), Ryan Anderson (13 ppg), Trevor Ariza (12.8 ppg), Capela (11.9 ppg) have all been helping to close out games along with Harden to ensure they have gone on this winning streak and score a lot of points as well. The Rockets are averaging 113.1 points per game, and that has helped them as they are more focussed on outscoring opponents rather than winning games. The Rockets have 44.4% of their points coming from 3-pointers and its gone up to 63% over the last 3 games and lead the NBA in that category. The Rockets have been also running the fast-break well and are the 3rd highest scorers with 17 points on the run.

 

The Wolves have been struggling despite have a great depth of young talent but I believe that next season will be their break out year as the teams are still settling in to their formation and style of play under new coach Tom Thibodeau. They have a great young 3 of Towns, Wiggins and LaVine all averaging 20 points per game but have not been able to get the rest of the team to follow suit in the scoring department. They have only won 3 games out of 12 at home, and 2 out of their last 10 across the league; showcasing the tough time this young side is having. A struggle that they have been having is defending properly, as nearly 20% of their opponents points are coming from the free throw line; and that could be something that will be licking the lips of James Harden tonight who alone likes to attempt close to 10 free throws per game.

 

This game looks like one between an extremely offensive high-tempo team in Houston and strong developing squad who can score but will struggle to defend and keep their opponent out. I am backing Houston to win this game and cover a 2.5 points handicap tonight.

 

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Houston -2.5 Bet365 1.83 7 109-111 LOST (-7 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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