Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+4.5)
The Houston Rockets (17-55 last season) are en route to Target Center on Wednesday where they will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-49 last year). Houston opens this game as 4.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 228.5.
The Rockets faced the Hawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 124-95 in their last game. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 33.7% field goal percentage (31 out of 92) and made 18 of their 63 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Rockets converted 15 of their 20 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 43 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of defense, Houston allowed the other team to shoot 54.4% from the field on 49 out of 90 shooting. Atlanta distributed 32 dimes and had 10 steals for the game. Moreover, Atlanta grabbed 56 rebounds (11 offensive, 45 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Atlanta finished the game shooting 73.1% at the free throw line by converting 19 of their 26 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 21 tries from long range.
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D.J. Augustin is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He notched 18 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He played 22 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. Augustin ended up going 45.5% from the field and also distributed 5 assists.
Houston comes into this contest after finishing with a win-loss mark of 17-55 last year. They coughed up possession 14.7 times per game and as a unit committed 19.5 personal fouls per game. As a group, Houston snagged 42.6 rebounds per game and accounted for 1,699 dimes last year, which ranked 24th in basketball in terms of passing. The Rockets shot 33.9% on 3-pointers (992 of 2,923) and 74.0% from the free throw line. They averaged 108.8 points per game (24th in the league) while going 44.4% from the field. When they were on defense, the Rockets were able to force 14.7 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They gave up 38.2% from beyond the arc and they were 27th in the league in points per game allowed (116.7). The Rockets defense allowed a shooting percentage of 48.0% (3,075 of 6,411) and they relinquished 47.6 rebounds per contest as a unit. They were ranked 21st in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,855 relinquished last season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 136-121 when they played the Mavericks. The Timberwolves collected 27 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in this matchup. They coughed it up 9 times, while earning 11 steals in this contest. The Mavericks earned 19 personal fouls for this game which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 84.0%. Regarding three-point attempts, Minnesota made 17 out of their 40 tries (42.5%). When all was said and done, the Timberwolves finished shooting 49 out of 90 from the field which had them sitting at 54.4%. The Timberwolves permitted the Mavericks to make 44 of 91 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.4% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 42.1% from three-point range by shooting 16 out of 38 and ended up going 17 out of 20 at the free throw line (85.0%). When discussing rebounding, Minnesota permitted Dallas to snag 38 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 12 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. Towns racked up 23 points in his 31 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 5 dimes for this contest.
Minnesota had a win-loss mark of 23-49 last season. The Timberwolves were responsible for committing 20.9 fouls per game and they went 76.1% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 25.6 times per contest (11th in the league) and they gave up possession 14.3 times per contest. Minnesota totaled 8,073 points last year (112.1 per contest) and they collected 43.5 boards per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves hit 44.8% from the field, which was ranked 27th in the league. The Timberwolves defensively were ranked 29th in the NBA in PPG given up with 117.7. They forced their opponents into 15.3 TO's every game and allowed teams to shoot 48.2% from the field (28th in basketball). The Minnesota defense gave up 39.2% on shots from 3-point land (945 of 2,412) and their opponents converted on 78.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They conceded 26.8 dimes and 45.8 rebounds per contest, ranking them 29th and 22nd in those defensive categories.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-4.5) and under 228.5 points
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