Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/16/2019 NBA Odds and Picks
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Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/16/2019 – James Harden will need to come up with another herculean performance on Saturday, as the short-handed Houston Rockets (9-3) aim to extend their winning streak to seven at the expense of the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-5). Based on the latest NBA betting lines, odds-makers are expecting a tight ballgame in Twin City as the previously heavy favored Rockets opened only as 1.5 points favorites.
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/16/2019
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/16/2019 Betting Odds
Houston Rockets Betting
James Harden is at pace of setting another historic scoring run this season after averaging 38.7 points and 7.9 assists per game in the first three weeks of the 2019-20 NBA season. In the Rockets’ 111-102 win over the Indiana Pacers, the former NBA MVP tallied 44 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists while Ben McLemore and Russell Westbrook added 21 and 17 respectively.
Players to Watch: James Harden (38.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 8.2 APG), Russell Westbrook (21.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 6.9 APG), Clint Capela (13.4 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.1 APG)
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting
With Andrew Wiggins taking a leave of absence to attend on some family matters, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell flat on Friday against the Washington Wizards, 137-116. All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up 36 points and 10 boards, but Minnesota direly missed Wiggins’ 25 points per game and vastly improving perimeter defense against Washington, who shot an astonishing 54 percent from the field.
Players to Watch: Andrew Wiggins (25.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.6 APG), Karl-Anthony Towns (25.8 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 4.2 APG), Jeff Teague (13.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 6.3 APG)
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/16/2019 Betting Numbers
Houston are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota’s last 8 games.
Gerald Green SG Foot is out indefinitely
Shabazz Napier PG Hamstring is out indefinitely
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Picks
Try basketball spread betting, Moneyline betting, parlay betting and more at Betnow.com. Already missing Eric Gordon the last few games due to a knee injury, the Rockets will be a lot more short-staffed this Saturday with Russell Westbrook scheduled to take some rest. The availability of Clint Capela and Danuel House Jr. are also up in the air. As for the Wolves, they will likely miss the service of their leading scorer for the second straight game. Andrew Wiggins flew to Toronto on Friday to attend the wake of his grandmother.
Moneyline: The Rockets have dominated the Wolves in their last 10 head-to-head meetings (7-3), but they split their regular-season series last season at 2-2. Without Westbrook, Houston remains a deadly team with Harden running the offense. Without Wiggins, the Wolves seem out-of-sync as proven by their blowout loss against the Wizards.
ATS: 16 points was the averaged winning margin by Rockets in their two wins vs. the Wolves last season. The Rockets are also 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
TOTALs: This game will go UNDER the total, which opened at a high 235 points. The Rockets and Wolves are averaging a combined 235.80 points per game this season. Unfortunately, the absence of Westbrook and possibly Wiggins will diminish to some extent the firepower of both teams.
Score Prediction: 115-103 Rockets