The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Houston at the Toyota Center on Sunday night. Minnesota was able to get out of a hole with a 136-130 win at Denver on Friday night.
They lost four of five games before putting together good work. In that one, the Timberwolves were 3-point underdogs but left Denver with a straight-up win.
22 points in the first half ??? pic.twitter.com/45FfnH2t2x
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 2, 2022
Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Edwards showed up to lead the Timberwolves. Anthony-Towns put in a big effort with 32 points and 9 rebounds, while Edwards dished out 7 assists and 18 points.
The Timberwolves needed a game like that to get their campaign going in the right direction. However, it’s worth noting that after the Timberwolves beat the Mavericks on March 25, 116-95, they followed up with two losses.
It’s probably better to get the losing out of their system now than the playoffs. They are currently in a race to avoid the play-in and go straight to the playoffs.
Minnesota is currently 44-34 and seventh in the Western Conference. Going into Sunday night, the Timberwolves have a two-game disadvantage behind the Denver Nuggets for sixth in the West.
Final from Houston pic.twitter.com/IyIGyS0KpC
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 2, 2022
The Rockets are better to tank for the best odds in the draft lottery for the rest of the season. They are currently in a tie with the Orlando Magic at 20-58 for the worst record in the NBA.
Houston has lost three straight after beating the Portland Trail Blazers on March 26. The Blazers threw in the towel a while ago, so that’s not a win to gloat about.
Head below for our free Timberwolves vs. Rockets prediction on April 3, 2022.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-13.5 (-110)||-1200||Over 243 (-110)|
|Houston Rockets||+13.5 (-110)||+700||Under 243 (-110)|
|Team Data||Minnesota Timberwolves||Houston Rockets|
|Points Per Game||115.5||109.4|
|Points Against Per Game||112.6||117.8|
|Field Goal %||45.6||45.4|
|Three Point %||35.7||34.9|
Timberwolves vs. Rockets Prediction:
The Rockets are coming off back-to-back losses versus a team they could have beaten. Sacramento protected home court and chased off the Rockets for a 121-118 and 122-117 win.
Their effort at San Antonio three games back was a good look for the Rockets. Houston stayed close with the Spurs to cover 9.5 points in a 123-120 loss.
The Rockets are 30th in the NBA with 117.8 points against per game and a 48.2% field goal percentage. The offense has come through in spurts, but nothing substantial, and they’re without a key component of their starting lineup now.
One of their most productive players, Christian Wood, is done for the season after an injury suffered against the Trail Blazers. He’s missed the last three games for the Rockets.
Wood would have been helpful against the Kings, as the defense was paper-thin without him on the floor. They were already bad with Wood, and his absence in the paint makes things more complicated.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets Betting Trends:
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games on the road
- 8-1 ATS in their previous nine games versus a team with a winning percentage below 40%
- 8-3 ATS in their previous 11 games after a win
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the Timberwolves
- 16-5 ATS in their previous 21 games on a Sunday
- 11-27 ATS in their previous 28 games
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games
- 12-25 ATS in their previous 37 games after a loss
- 6-14 ATS in their previous 20 games on a Sunday
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the Timberwolves
The Timberwolves are the best in the NBA, with 115.5 points per game. In their last meeting, the Timberwolves did whatever they pleased in a 141-123 win on January 9.
The Timberwolves punished the Rockets’ defense in the second straight game. The Timberwolves also torched for Rockets in a 124-106 final on October 20 in the season’s early stages.
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 3, 2022
Towns should put up another big performance on Sunday night without Wood on the floor. Towns should have free rein to do what he wants against the Rockets. Jarrad Vanderbilt had a big game the last time out versus the Rockets.
For a team that already struggled to find second-chance points, 30th in the NBA, it’s tougher in the absence of Wood. I’m on the Timberwolves to pull away for an 18 to 20-point win at the Toyota Center.