Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets Preview and Predictions -03-10-2020
The Houston Rockets are heading into the contest after a disappointing loss after failing to cover a -8 spread in the 126-106 loss to the Orlando Magic. The Rockets are 5-3 in their last eight games as the favorite.
Timberwolves limping through season
It has been another tough season for the Timberwolves once again as they have fallen well out of the playoff picture in the stacked Western Conference. They are even further removed from being the team that broke their decade-plus playoff drought a few seasons ago. They have some tremendous struggles defensively as they have allowed 117.6 points per contest. The Timberwolves have struggled on that end of the floor giving up at least 110 points four times in their previous five games played. They have struggled even more so with star big man Karl-Anthony Towns out of the mix for the past couple of weeks.
It hasn’t been entirely bad for the Timberwolves as they have had some promising play for star point guard D’Angelo Russell since his arrival to the team. His production has been the driving force, especially with Towns sidelined with his wrist injury. Russell has been a prominent offensive weapon averaging 21.1 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from the floor. He has picked it up offensively over that span with six games posting at least 20 points including a pair of double-doubles. If the Timberwolves hope to guide their way to a win on the road over the Rockets on Tuesday night.
Rockets looking to bounce back at home
Following a strong showing in the month of February, the Rockets have stumbled a bit over the last few games, which has seen them suffer four straight losses heading into Tuesday’s contest. They haven’t been nearly the same team offensively as of late as that has been their downfall in their recent woes. They have the offensive firepower to compete with almost any team, but that hasn’t shown through over the last few games. That has impacted the play of their top talent with star guard James Harden being two games removed from a 10-turnover game against the Charlotte Hornets. Their offensive woes have been a bit of a concern.
That said, the Rockets are set to play one of the worst teams in the league defensively that should see them guide their way forward on their home floor. Harden’s production should be one of the guiding forces as he’s notched more than 20 points four or more times in four out of his previous five games. His production should be the guiding force to see him push past his recent shooting woes that have played a significant part in the Rockets’ shortcomings. Star guard Russell Westbrook is back in the mix over the last couple of games as he tallied more than 20 points in his previous three contests. Westbrook isn’t far removed from his recent hot stretch of games. Ultimately, it will be the Rockets star backcourt that guides them forward.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (also commonly known as the Wolves) are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. Founded in 1989, the team is owned by Glen Taylor who also owns the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. The Timberwolves play their home games at Target Center, their home since 1990.
Like most expansion teams, the Timberwolves struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA draft, the team qualified for the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons from 1997 to 2004. Despite losing in the first round in their first seven attempts, the Timberwolves won their first division championship in 2004 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals that same season. Garnett was also named the NBA Most Valuable Player for that season. The team then went into rebuilding mode for more than a decade after missing the postseason in 2005, and trading Garnett to the Boston Celtics in 2007. Garnett returned to the Timberwolves in a February 2015 trade and finished his career there, retiring in the 2016 offseason. The Timberwolves ended a 14-year playoff drought when they returned to the postseason in 2018.