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Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction & Preview

#535 Minnesota Timberwolves
Timberwolves 12.5
#536 Houston Rockets
Rockets -12.5
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:05pm
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off failing to cover a +7 spread after falling 120-107 to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Timberwolves are 4-6 ATS in their previous 10 games played.
The Houston Rockets are heading into the contest after a disappointing loss after failing to cover a -8 spread in the 126-106 loss to the Orlando Magic. The Rockets are 5-3 in their last eight games as the favorite.

Timberwolves limping through season

It has been another tough season for the Timberwolves once again as they have fallen well out of the playoff picture in the stacked Western Conference. They are even further removed from being the team that broke their decade-plus playoff drought a few seasons ago. They have some tremendous struggles defensively as they have allowed 117.6 points per contest. The Timberwolves have struggled on that end of the floor giving up at least 110 points four times in their previous five games played. They have struggled even more so with star big man Karl-Anthony Towns out
It hasn't been entirely bad for the Timberwolves as they have had some promising play for star point guard D'Angelo Russell since his arrival to the team. His production has been the driving force, especially with Towns sidelined with his wrist injury. Russell has been a prominent offensive weapon averaging 21.1 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from the floor. He has picked it up offensively over that span with six games posting at least 20 points including a pair of double-doubles. If the Timberwolves hope to guide their way to a win on the road over the Rockets on Tuesday night.

Rockets looking to bounce back at home

Following a strong showing in the month of February, the Rockets have stumbled a bit over the last few games, which has seen them suffer four straight losses heading into Tuesday's contest. They haven't been nearly the same team offensively as of late as that has been their downfall in their recent woes. They have the offensive firepower to compete with almost any team, but that hasn't shown through over the last few games. That has impacted the play of their top talent with star guard James Harden being two games removed from a 10-turnover game against the Charlotte Hornets. Their offensive woes have been a bit of a concern.
That said, the Rockets are set to play one of the worst teams in the league defensively that should see them guide their way forward on their home floor. Harden's production should be one of the guiding forces as he's notched more than 20 points four or more times in four out of his previous five games. His production should be the guiding force to see him push past his recent shooting woes that have played a significant part in the Rockets' shortcomings. Star guard Russell Westbrook is back in the mix over the last couple of games as he tallied more than 20 points in his previous three contests. Westbrook isn't far removed from his recent hot stretch of games. Ultimately, it will be the Rockets star backcourt that guides them forward.

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