Looking at an opportunity for an early pick in this game between Minnesota and Houston early on so that we can maximize the price of this game early on.
HOU Rockets -5 to beat MIN Timberwolves @ 1.75 (Bet365) – 3 points
Houston Rockets despite suffering injuries to 3 starters, have continued to find ways to win, and I will be the first to admit that they shocked me in the victory against he strong Memphis Grizzlies. In fact when you look at Houston’s form they have won 4 out of the last 5 games beating teams like New York, Milwaukee, Memphis and Sacramento by at least 5 points in those game with the only loss coming against a stronger Clippers outfit.
When you look at the box score for the last outing against Memphis, all 5 starters landed up scoring in double digits including Harden, Ariza, Black, Montiejunas and Terry. Papanikolaou & Garcia have also chipped in with some scoring form so far, and this has helped them that the team effort has been incredible. James Harden is showing more and more how he has become a leader of this team while being the 2nd leading scorer in the NBA with 25 points per game. The Rockets owe most of their success to their scoring defense where they rank 2nd in the league at 92.5 points per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have come out of the worst defeat of their entire season, losing to the then winless Philadelphia 76ers. While they have to contend with a lot of injuries to key players like Rubio, Pekovic, Turiaf, Martin; but none of their bench players are struggling to compete and provide performances this campaign. The last match up between these 2 sides was a 12 point win for the Rockets, and I expect something similar tonight.
Minnesota have easily lost their last few games by the 5 point margin, with the only exception being their victory against the Lakers by 1; and I expect this to be a straight performance for Houston to win this game owing primarily to their defensive efforts.