Timberwolves vs Rockets Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Saturday, January 21, 2023

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24) are 8.5-point favorites against the Houston Rockets (10-35) on January 21, 2023 at Target Center. The Rockets are struggling right now, having lost 12 in a row and going 0-10 during their past 10 games. A 238.5-point over/under is set in this matchup.

How to bet Timberwolves vs. Rockets

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Timberwolves as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Timberwolves have -356 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +280 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 238.5 points.

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Timberwolves vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNX
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Arena: Target Center

Timberwolves vs. Rockets Betting Trends

The Timberwolves are 21-25-1 against the spread this season. Minnesota has come away with 14 wins in the 25 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. Timberwolves games this year have hit the over on 23 of 45 set point totals.

The Rockets are 16-26-3 against the spread this year. Houston has won 23.3% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (10-33). Rockets games this season have hit the over on 23 of 45 set point totals (51.1%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Timberwolves Leaders
Anthony Edwards 47 23.7 6 4.4 1.7 0.5 2.5
D’Angelo Russell 44 17.2 2.9 6.2 1 0.5 2.4
Rudy Gobert 39 13.3 11.5 0.8 0.9 1.3 0
Jaden McDaniels 44 11.7 3.8 2 1.1 1.1 1.3
Jaylen Nowell 47 11.4 2.6 2.2 0.7 0.1 1.1


Rockets Leaders
Jalen Green 44 21.9 4.3 3.6 0.8 0.2 2.5
Kevin Porter Jr. 40 19.2 5.5 5.6 1.3 0.4 2.2
Alperen Sengun 41 15.1 8.8 3.2 0.8 1 0.2
Eric Gordon 39 12.2 1.9 2.6 0.5 0.4 1.8
Jabari Smith Jr. 44 12 6.9 1 0.5 0.9 1.8
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Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards: Questionable (Hip), Rudy Gobert: Questionable (Groin), Austin Rivers: Questionable (Knee), Jordan McLaughlin: Out (Calf), Karl-Anthony Towns: Out (Calf), Eric Paschall: Out (Ankle)

Rockets: Jabari Smith Jr.: Out (Ankle), Kevin Porter: Out (Foot)

What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves

This season, Minnesota is posting 115.4 points per game (11th-ranked in NBA) and ceding 115.8 points per contest (19th-ranked). Offensively the Timberwolves have fared better when playing at home this year, scoring 117.7 points per game, compared to 112.7 per game away from home. The Timberwolves have been scoring 118.9 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little higher than the 115.4 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Minnesota is sinking 11.4 three-pointers per game (21st-ranked in NBA) this season, while putting up a 35.1% three-point percentage (19th-ranked). The Timberwolves have taken 62.5% two-pointers and 37.5% from beyond the arc this season. Of the team’s buckets, 73.3% are two-pointers and 26.7% are threes.

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

In 2022-23, Houston is third-worst in the NBA on offense (109.8 points scored per game) and 25th defensively (117.6 points allowed). At home the Rockets are scoring 108.8 points per game, 1.9 fewer points than they are averaging on the road (110.7). In their last 10 games, the Rockets are tallying 109 points per contest, compared to their season average of 109.8.

Houston is 18th in the NBA in 3-pointers made (11.6 per game) and second-worst in 3-point percentage (33%). In 2022-23, the Rockets have attempted 60.4% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 39.6% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 70.7% of the Rockets’ buckets have been 2-pointers, and 29.3% have been 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this matchup is the Timberwolves, and we predict that Timberwolves will cover the spread (Timberwolves -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 238.5 points.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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