Saturday, February 25, 2017
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 10.5 point favorites.
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The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 22-35. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.9 as they are averaging 104.8 points per game while giving up 105.7 per contest. The Rockets have an overall record of 41-18. They currently are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 114.7 points per game and surrendering 107.8, good for a point differential of 6.8.
Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 23.7 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 11.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Andrew Wiggins averages 23.2 points per game in 37.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.5 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 75%.
Eric Gordon averages 17.3 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 2.6 rebounds per game and has 2.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. James Harden averages 28.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.2 rebounds per contest and 11.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Minnesota averages 104.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.89 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 42.4 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per game which ranks them 25th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.2 per game. The Timberwolves allow 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 22nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 40.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Houston averages 114.7 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6.85 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 44.1 rebounds per game and 25.5 assists per contest which ranks them 10th and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 6th with 15.4 per game. The Rockets allow 107.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 21st and 7th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 43.2 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the league. The Rockets force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 110.2 and a defensive rating of 111.1. In terms of pace they average 94.6 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 26% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Rockets rating on offense is 114.7 and they have a defensive rating of 107.8. They get 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 55%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they attempt 3 pointers on 46% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 13.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 24-33-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 30-26-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 34-25-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 31-28-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
02/23/17 G Lance Stephenson Ankle out indefinitely
02/07/17 F Adreian Payne Illness out indefinitely
02/05/17 PG Zach LaVine Ankle out for season
Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Houston -10.5
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