NBA on TNT: Rockets Host T-Wolves in Late Game

Houston Rockets Basketball

Harden May be Back for Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets will meet on Thursday at Toyota Center. They play in the TNT late game with tip-off scheduled for a little after 9:30 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the Rockets as 5-point favorites and the total is at 224.

The Rockets were a 113-102 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers. They failed to cover the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (215) made winners of UNDER bettors.

James Harden has been sidelined for seven games with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. He is listed as questionable for the Rockets tonight.

Harden leads the league in scoring at 32.3 points. He also ranks third in assists at 9.1 a game. Harden sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 31.

Harden earned a reputation for durability prior to this setback. He missed a total of two games over the previous three seasons. He will play under a minutes restriction.

The NBA announced that Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will serve two-game suspensions for their roles in a postgame confrontation inside the Clippers locker room Monday night.

The league ruled that Ariza and Green aggressively sought a confrontation with injured Clippers guard Austin Rivers. Chris Paul and Harden were not penalized for their participation in the incident.

T-Wolves Won 12 of 15 Heading into Tonight’s Rockets Matchup

Minnesota was a 108-102 loser in its last match on the road against the Orlando Magic. They failed to cover the -8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 210 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The T-Wolves had thrived just out of the spotlight for most of this season. Minnesota had not only had great momentum with their stretch of outstanding play. The team also gained notoriety after winning 12 of 15 games.

They had won 5 in a row heading into Orlando and abruptly laid an egg. Orlando had won only once in its prior 17 games. The surging Timberwolves produced an effort of a team playing down to the level of its competition.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Minnesota 29-17 22-22-2 108.65 104.76 3.89 11-12-1 11-10-1 23-22-1 12-11-1 11-11
Houston 30-12 20-21-1 114.64 107.14 7.5 8-12-1 12-9 21-21 14-7 7-14
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
MIN 22.74 12.15 1.87
HOU 22.43 14.43 1.55
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
MIN 10.52 31.22 41.74
HOU 9.69 34.43 44.12
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
MIN 47.66 47.48 0.18
HOU 45.97 47.03 -1.06
Team Records

Minnesota Timberwolves

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 29-17 18-6 11-11 22-22-2 11-12-1 11-10-1 108.65 104.76 3.89
Last 10 7-3 6-0 1-3 7-3 6-0 1-3 108.90 97.90 11.00
vs Div 9-1 6-0 3-1 7-3 3-3 4-0 112.20 106.20 6.00
vs EAST 6-11 4-5 2-6 4-12-1 3-6 1-6-1 105.71 107.00 -1.29
vs WEST 23-6 14-1 9-5 18-10-1 8-6-1 10-4 110.38 103.45 6.93

Houston Rockets

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 30-12 15-6 15-6 20-21-1 8-12-1 12-9 114.64 107.14 7.50
Last 10 5-5 2-1 3-4 4-6 1-2 3-4 113.10 112.20 0.90
vs Div 5-2 4-1 1-1 4-3 3-2 1-1 108.00 100.43 7.57
vs EAST 13-5 6-2 7-3 7-10-1 1-6-1 6-4 112.00 105.11 6.89
vs WEST 17-7 9-4 8-3 13-11 7-6 6-5 116.63 108.67 7.96

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 108.65 6 107.14 21
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 106.50 10 110.38 28
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 40.45 25 40.86 8
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 114.64 2 104.76 12
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 117.76 1 105.73 11
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 44.05 12 42.23 6

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Minnesota 1-9 8-2 9-1 112.00 57.40 47.77 42.00 150/410 10.30
Houston 9-1 2-8 9-1 118.00 54.20 47.36 46.10 68/189 9.80

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Apr 12, 2017 MIN 118 HOU 123 -8 MIN 227 O MIN MIN HOU 60 60 52.7 46.4 49 47 11/23 19/56 7 11
Feb 25, 2017 MIN 130 HOU 142 -12.5 MIN 229.5 O MIN MIN HOU 58 66 52.1 46.8 58 31 9/26 22/58 10 15
Jan 11, 2017 HOU 105 MIN 119 3 MIN 218.5 O MIN MIN HOU 54 55 41.4 54.3 32 49 15/42 8/23 7 8
Dec 17, 2016 HOU 111 MIN 109 2.5 MIN 220.5 U MIN MIN HOU 44 57 40.6 44.6 47 55 17/51 7/21 14 9
Apr 11, 2016 HOU 129 MIN 105 3.5 HOU 216.5 O HOU HOU HOU 68 47 55.8 45.8 43 40 15/30 5/21 12 12
Mar 18, 2016 MIN 111 HOU 116 -9 MIN 224 O HOU HOU HOU 52 54 50.6 56.5 35 42 6/16 11/29 14 9
Jan 13, 2016 MIN 104 HOU 107 -7.5 MIN 207 O HOU MIN MIN 50 57 46.2 49.3 43 39 8/17 7/30 11 11
Mar 27, 2015 MIN 110 HOU 120 -14 MIN 205.5 O HOU HOU HOU 50 60 48.7 53 31 41 6/14 20/44 6 10
Feb 23, 2015 MIN 102 HOU 113 -8 HOU 213.5 O HOU MIN HOU 56 56 33.3 41.5 58 56 5/18 12/38 9 11
Dec 5, 2014 HOU 114 MIN 112 7 MIN 205 O HOU MIN HOU 55 57 48.7 46.4 42 43 12/32 3/10 3 12

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 16, 2018 ORL 102-108 L -8.5 218 L/U 43.88 90.00 7 A
Jan 14, 2018 POR 120-103 W -6 213 W/O 53.75 81.82 7 H
Jan 12, 2018 NY 118-108 W -9 208.5 W/O 51.58 62.50 10 H
Jan 10, 2018 OKC 104-88 W -4.5 213 W/U 48.75 70.37 7 H
Jan 8, 2018 CLE 127-99 W 1 223 W/O 52.00 76.47 10 H

Houston Rockets

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 15, 2018 LAC 102-113 L -4.5 230.5 L/U 40.43 81.25 13 A
Jan 12, 2018 PHO 112-95 W -7 231 W/U 41.49 86.36 15 A
Jan 10, 2018 POR 121-112 W -7 217.5 W/O 45.00 76.00 12 H
Jan 8, 2018 CHI 116-107 W -6 220 W/O 45.35 75.00 20 A
Jan 6, 2018 DET 101-108 L -6 212 L/U 42.22 90.91 15 A

Next up:
Minnesota home to Toronto Saturday, January 20
Houston home to Golden State Saturday, January 20

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