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The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in game three of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Target Center.
The Houston Rockets can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 103 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 91.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28 points and 7.5 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 20.5 points and six assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Green is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 15 of their last 18 road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves need a victory here if they have any hope of getting back and making this series competitive. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 91.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 12 points and 2.5 assists while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.5 points and seven rebounds. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won seven of their last 11 home games.
The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Timberwolves are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Minnesota, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Houston Rockets have yet to shoot the ball to their ability in the first two games and still have a 2-0 lead, and game two was over before halftime. Towns is averaging just 6.5 points in the first two games and is shooting just 27.8 percent from the field. It’s not a good sign when Derrick Rose is your second leading scorer in the series. The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing with no heart, look soft and appear to be a team that’s ready for the offseason. And again, the Rockets aren’t playing crazy good basketball. Harden was 2-18 from the field in game two and the Rockets still win by 20 points. This is just a complete mismatch, and I’m not sure how much changes going to Minnesota. I’ll gladly lay the bucket with the better team on the road.
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