The 21-20 Houston Rockets will hit the road to face the 16-20 Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Minnesota is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The betting odds from this NBA game will be out on Saturday afternoon as Jeremy Lin is probable with a sore ankle. On the Minnesota site center Nikola Pekovic is doubtful with a knee ailment.
The teams last met on December 26th with the Rockets posting the 87-84 road win against Minnesota as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game came in at under 211 points. Trend: Minnesota Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their past ten games
Houston is 7-12 straight up on the road this season. The team has hit a skid as they are losers of six straight games. In their past five games they have allowed no less than 103 points a game. They come off the 105-95 road defeat last night to the Indiana Pacers as a +4 ½ point underdog. The total came in at over 195 points. The Rockets were slow starters falling behind 31-18 after one period. Houston shot just 4% from the floor and turned the ball over 18 times. With the Rockets on a back to back tonight it is worth noting that James Harden played over 41 minutes and Chandler Parsons played over 40 minutes. Omer Asik led the Rockets last night with 22 points and 12 boards. The Rockets are the worst scoring defense in the NBA by allowing nearly 104 points a game.
The Timberwolves are 10-6 on their home court. They are running bad as well with five straight losses. With Kevin Love sidelined for two months the team has struggled scoring points with an average of 87 points per game in their past five games. They come off the 90-77 home defeat on Thursday to the LA Clippers as a +5 point underdog. The total came under 193 ½ points. Minnesota managed just 14 fourth quarter points in the loss. The Timberwolves shot just 35% from the floor and a poor 4 of 19 from three. They pull down seven less rebounds than the Clippers. Luke Ridenour led the team with 21 points and five assists on 9 of 17 shooting.