Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 01/11/2020 NBA Odds and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 01/11/2020 – The Minnesota Timberwolves will be gunning for an equalizer in their second head-to-head meeting with the Houston Rockets this season at the Toyota Center. The T-Wolves got clobbered by 20 points, 125-105, in their first meeting with the Rockets, who suffered 113-92 stinker against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their recent game. Vegas online betting experts still see the Rockets as the favorite to win, pegging them at -11 across the spread.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 01/11/2020
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 01/11/2020 Betting Odds
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting
The Timberwolves have been trying to keep themselves in the playoff hunt despite injuries to Karl-Anthony Towns. Gorgui Dieng has been stepping up big time, providing solid numbers and improving the Wolves’ defensive efficiency significantly while Towns is out. Update: Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and Gorgui Dieng tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards to lead the Wolves to a 116-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s the Wolves’ third win in four games.
Players to watch: Andrew Wiggins (24.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.2 APG)
Jeff Teague (13.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.3 APG)
Robert Covington (12.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.2 APG)
Houston Rockets Betting
The Rockets are still the No.1 team in the Southwest Division with a solid 25-11 record. James Harden continues to mesmerize people with his unstoppable offensive game, while Russell Westbrook is fitting in really well next to Harden. In their earlier meeting against the Wolves, Harden dropped 49 points on career-high 41 shots. Update: Russell Westbrook scored 34 points in his return in Oklahoma, while James Harden added 17 in the loss to the Thunder on Thursday. The setback snapped a three-game winning streak.
Players to watch: James Harden (38.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 7.6 APG)
Russell Westbrook (24.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.0 APG)
Clint Capela (14.7 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 1.2 APG)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 01/11/2020 Betting Numbers
Minnesota are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Houston are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games.
Karl-Anthony Towns C Knee is “?” Saturday vs Houston
Eric Gordon SG Knee is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Minnesota
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Betting Picks
Despite the loss to the Thunder, the Rockets remains a popular NBA Moneyline bet against sub .500 teams. Their double-barrel tandem Harden and Westbrook have made Houston the No.1 offensive team in the league and a darling among NBA under/over bettors.
Moneyline: The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 2-1 in their last 3 matches head-to-head with the T-Wolves. With Towns still listed questionable, I pick Houston to win straight up.
ATS: Despite their 25-12 record, Houston is 18-19 ATS. In this particular game, I feel the Rockets will have difficulty covering the spread since the Wolves still has weapons like Andrew Wiggins to keep the game close down the stretch. My pick is Minnesota.
TOTALs: The totals opened at 231 points and expected to fluctuate up-and-down in the coming hours. Despite a 92-point stinker against the Thunder, I feel the Rockets will score around their average points per game (118 points). The problem here is I don’t think the Wolves can go toe-to-toe scoring-wise with the Rockets sans Towns. I can see Minnesota scoring in the lower 100s, and that’s the reason why I pick UNDER.
Score Prediction: 120 – 106 Rockets