The Minnesota Timberwolves will
be looking to tally wins in consecutive games on home court for the first time
in over five weeks when they play host to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday
Minnesota posted a decisive 130-120 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, paying out as a 3.5-point favorite on the NBA odds, but has picked up just two wins in eight overall outings ahead of Wednesday night's meeting at Target Center.
The Timberwolves were among the
hottest home teams in the NBA early in the campaign, posting straight-up wins
in 12 of their first 16 home dates, while covering in 11 of those contests.
However, the team has struggled with consistency since, alternating between SU
wins and losses over its past eight home games, while covering the spread on
just two occasions during that stretch.
Complicating matters for
Minnesota is the uncertain status of Andrew Wiggins, who remains day-to-day
with an illness that also forced him to miss Monday's victory over the
Clippers. The Timberwolves have produced mixed results when their star shooting
guard has been sidelined by injury this season, going 2-3 SU in five contests
without Wiggins in the lineup, but racked up their biggest point total since
mid-December in Monday's win over Los Angeles.
Rockets Paid Out as Heavy
Favorites in Last Game
The Rockets embark on three-game
road trip riding high after claiming a 120-104 victory over the Dallas
Mavericks on Monday night, and paying out as hefty 11-point home favorites on
the basketball betting lines.
With the victory, Houston improved to 4-1 SU in its past five contests. The Rockets have also emerged as solid road performers of late, winning outright in four of five dates away from Toyota Center. But the Rockets have been a massive disappointment in NBA betting when playing on the road, taking home against the spread wins in consecutive road games just once while compiling a dismal 10-17 ATS record in 27 away contests.
Houston has also dominated the
Timberwolves in recent years, posting SU wins in 18 of 21 overall meetings, but
is just 2-2 SU in its past four visits to Minnesota, capped by a 103-91 loss as
2.5-point chalk on the NBA odds on December 3.
Despite such uneven results, the
Rockets remain in the thick of the race for a playoff spot in the Western
Conference. Houston enters Wednesday's contest with a narrow lead atop the
Southwest standings, but is a -450 favorite to claim its third division crown
in five years.
The Rockets also remain
deadlocked with the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth place in the conference
standings, and continue to trail only the Golden State Warriors on the odds to
win the Western Conference as a solid +700 wager on the basketball betting
Conversely, the Timberwolves continue to lag badly, both in the NBA standings and on the NBA odds. Minnesota enters its final contest before the All-Star Break tied with Dallas for 11th place in the Western Conference standings, four games back of Sacramento for the final playoff spot in the conference.
Not surprisingly, the Timberwolves remain stalled as a lengthy +9000 wager to win their first conference title in franchise history.
*Odds as of February 13, 2019