The Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24) visit the Houston Rockets (10-36) on January 23, 2023 at Toyota Center. The Rockets are underdogs by a 5.5-point margin as they enter the matchup losers of two in a row with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. The matchup has a 234 point total.
How to bet Timberwolves vs. Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Timberwolves have -209 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +174 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 234 points.
Timberwolves vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Monday, January 23, 2023
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Spor
- Location: Houston, Texas
- Arena: Toyota Center
Timberwolves vs. Rockets Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Timberwolves are 21-25-2 this season. Minnesota has come away with 15 wins in the 26 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. Timberwolves games this year have hit the over 50% of the time (23 out of 46 games with a set point total).
In the Rockets’ 46 games this season, they have 16 wins against the spread. Houston has won 22.7% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (10-34). The Rockets have eclipsed the over/under 50% of the time this season (23 of 46 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
|Jabari Smith Jr.||44||12||6.9||1||0.5||0.9||1.8|
|Kenyon Martin Jr.||46||11.1||5.1||1.4||0.4||0.3||1|
Timberwolves vs. Rockets Injury Report
Rockets: Jabari Smith Jr.: Questionable (Ankle), Kevin Porter: Out (Foot)
What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves
Offensively, Minnesota is scoring 115.3 points per game (11th-ranked in league). It is giving up 115.6 points per contest on defense (20th-ranked). The Timberwolves are averaging 117.5 points per game when playing at home. In away games, they are averaging 112.7 points per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Timberwolves have increased their production a little bit over their last 10 games, scoring 117.8 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 115.3 they’ve racked up over the course of this year.
Minnesota is 18th in the NBA with 11.5 treys per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 19th with a 35.3% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. In terms of shot breakdown, the Timberwolves have taken 62.2% two-pointers (accounting for 72.9% of the team’s buckets) and 37.8% from beyond the arc (27.1%).
What you need to know about the Houston Rockets
On offense, Houston is the third-worst team in the league (109.7 points per game). Defensively, it is 25th (117.5 points conceded per game). In 2022-23 the Rockets are scoring 1.6 fewer points per game at home (108.8) than on the road (110.4). The Rockets have played better offensively over their previous 10 games, scoring 110.6 points per contest, 0.9 more than their season average of 109.7.
Beyond the arc, Houston is 18th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (11.5). It is second-worst in 3-point percentage at 33%. In 2022-23, the Rockets have taken 60.5% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 39.5% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 70.8% of the Rockets’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 29.2% have been 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Timberwolves, and we project that Rockets will cover the spread (Timberwolves -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 234 points.
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