Timberwolves vs. Rockets Prediction
The over/under for tonight's Timberwolves-Rockets game is set high ahead of the 8:00PM ET tip-off. Is it too high?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the total for tonight's game is sitting at 225 points, up from the opening point total of 223.5. The Rockets, meanwhile, are 8.5-point favorites over the visiting Timberwolves.
Minnesota enters play with a 4-6 record in its last 10 games and is 5-5 against the spread during that stretch, while Houston is 5-5 straight up and 4-6 at the betting window over its last 10 contests. The Timberwolves are also a profitable 20-15 against the spread on the road this season while the Rockets are just 13-20 against the number at home.
Neither of these teams play much defense. The Rockets rank 23rd in the league in defensive efficiency (106.0) while the Timberwolves are even worse at No. 27 (107.0). This has led to the over cashing in 11 of Houston's 16 home games and in 28 of the team's last 37 games overall.
The over is also 19-6-1 in the Timberwolves' last 26 games overall and 19-7-1 in their last 27 road games. When facing Western Conference opponents, the over is 12-3-1 in Minnesota's last 16 games against teams from the West, and is 19-7 in Houston's last 26 games versus foes from the Western Conference.
Furthermore, the over has cashed in all seven of the last seven meetings between these two teams and is also 4-0 in the last four meetings in Houston. So while the total is set high at 225, no, it's not set too high for these two opponents. Expect the T-Wolves and Rockets to light up the scoreboard again tonight.
FRIDAY NBA FREE PICK: TIMBERWOLVES/ROCKETS OVER 225