Can Timberwolves Sweep The Series With The Rockets?

Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:41 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019 5:41 PM UTC

The Rockets look to avoid a sweep against the Timberwolves when they welcome the visitors to the Toyota Center in Houston. Let’s check out the NBA betting market on offer and analyse where the value bets for your NBA picks are.

Rockets (43-22 SU, 31-36-2 ATS) vs Timberwolves (32-37 SU, 34-35-0 ATS)

Sunday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Free NBA Pick: Timberwolves ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Houston Rockets are solid favourites against the Minnesota Timberwolves to win straight up, but can they cover the somewhat generous spread that hovers are seven points, depending on your choice betting markets? The Rockets are 0-2 SU against the Timberwolves in their regular season series. Both games were on the road for Houston. This is a home game and, as such, it should go the way of the Rockets.

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Houston Rockets look to get back on track

Houston Rockets bounced back after a loss to the defending champions Golden State Warriors beating the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The loss to the Warriors marked the end of a nine-game winning streak. Taking a 9-1 mark into tonight’s clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves the Rockets will be keen to get back on track.

As it stands, the Rockets are sat third in the Western Conference race with a 43-22 SU mark, three wins adrift of the Denver Nuggets and four wins adrift of the Golden State Warriors. It’s crunch time as the season hurtles towards the finish line. The tandem of Portland Trailblazers and Oklahoma City Thunder are merely a win behind the Rockets, in fourth and fifth place in the standings.

The Rockets opened as the -6 point favourites on the NBA betting platforms, but the public has bet up Houston to -7.5-points. More than 60% of betting going towards the Rockets to cover against the spread.

It’s worth noting the Rockets were rather shaky in their win over the Suns on Friday, narrowly edging the visitors 108-102 and failing to cover the hefty -12 point spread that closed in sports betting markets ahead of the game. Indeed, the Rockets have covered just once in their last four games. They are 4-6-0 ATS in their last ten games.

Overall, the Rockets are 31-36-2 ATS with a 2.8 winning margin on average. At home, they are 25-10 SU and 18-16-1 ATS with a 4.9 winning margin on average, and as home favourites they are 15-15-1 ATS with a 5.2 winning margin on average. Against conference rivals they are 24-18 SU and 19-22-1 ATS with a mere 1.7 winning margin.

Minnesota Timberwolves face tough challenge

The Timberwolves descend on the Rockets brimming with confidence behind a 2-0 SU mark in the regular season series with their conference rivals but both those wins came on their turf. It’s going to be a much tougher task to pull off the feat in Houston. To look at their road record is telling, 6-27 SU on the road. Yikes.

It’s rather unlikely to expect the Timberwolves to mastermind the upset on the road in straight up betting, but where they could prove tricky is against the spread. Minnesota boast a 21-22-0 ATS mark against conference rivals with a narrow -0.5 losing margin on average. On the road, they are 15-21-0 ATS with a -6.4 losing margin on average and as the away underdog they are 10-14-0 ATS with a -10.3 losing margin on average.

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In the two previous encounters with the Rockets, the Timberwolves won 103-91 and covered as the +2.5 home underdogs in December. Then they won 121-111 and covered as the +4.0 home underdogs in February. Recently, the Timberwolves slipped in the standings with back-to-back losses, bringing down form in their last ten games to 4-6 SU. Not exactly the sort of endorsement to bet on the upset at least in straight up betting, is it?

NBA Betting Verdict: In more ways than one this is a tough game to call. Technically, it could go either way but surely the Rockets don’t want to lose the series with the Timberwolves. More likely than not Houston is up for the task. The Rockets to win straight up therefore is the best bet for your NBA picks, and bettors can still find them decently priced at -290 with 5Dimes.

The question is whether the Rockets can cover the 7.5-point spread currently trading in sports betting markets. That could be tougher than most bettors are considering. Granted, the Timberwolves were embarrassed by the Nuggets and Jazz, losing both games by 20 points or more and failing to cover the 9-points spreads on offer in both games respectively. But the Rockets have struggled to score big lately. That shooting slump could spill over into tonight’s clash, making it a tighter affair than most would have it.

NBA Picks: Rockets SU, Timberwolves to cover +7.

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