Monday, April 11, 2016
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The Houston Rockets travel to Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, April 11, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 217.5.
The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 38-41 and a road record of 17-23. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.8 as they are averaging 105.8 points per game while giving up 106.6 per contest. Houston is 8-8 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 25-24. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Timberwolves have an overall record of 28-52 and a home record of 13-26. They currently are 5th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 101.9 points per game and surrendering 105.6, good for a point differential of -3.8. Minnesota has a division record of 4-12 and a conference record of 17-33. In their last 10 games they are 6-4.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 28.7 points per game while playing 38.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 86%. Dwight Howard averages 13.7 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 11.8 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 62% for the year while his free throw percentage is 49%.
Andrew Wiggins averages 20.8 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Timberwolves. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 18.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.5 rebounds per contest and 2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Houston averages 105.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 53 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16 per game. The Rockets allow 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 22nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.8 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.6 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Minnesota averages 101.9 points per game this year which ranks them 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 8th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 49.3 rebounds per game and 23.1 assists per contest which ranks them 28th and 9th respectively. In the turnover department the Timberwolves rank 23rd with 15.1 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50.4 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Timberwolves force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the NBA.
The Rockets average 106.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 106.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -1 per contest. The Rockets have an offensive rating of 107.8 and a defensive rating of 108.6. In terms of pace they average 97.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Houston turns the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Timberwolves score 100.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 111.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 5.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -4.3 points per game. The Timberwolves rating on offense is 106.1 and they have a defensive rating of 110. They get 95 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 20% of their shot attempts. Minnesota turns the ball over on 13.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 34-45-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 44-33-2 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 38-41-1 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 41-36-3 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/23/16 C Nikola Pekovic Foot out indefinitely
01/30/16 F Kevin Garnett Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Houston
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