Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, the home team takes the lead 1-0 against the Timberwolves. At home things have gone according to the plans for the Rockets, the first game of the playoffs the victory was 104-101, not as overwhelming as some expected, but it was certainly a necessary victory to start the playoffs on the right foot.
Houston Rockets: After winning by 3 points, what’s next?
The first game had hot sauce, since Minnesota Timberwolves was not an easy team as some expected, the visiting team lost the first quarter by only 6 points, and the second lost it by only 1 point, but the second half was dominated by them , the Timberwolves won the second half 54-50, Houston Rockets cedio land to the Timberwolves and that was reflected in the final score.
Every time James Harden sat down to rest the home team suffered “problems” to score points, although Chris Paul took the leadership of the team when Harden rested, the team could not score points and the Timberwolves took advantage of that moment to get closer in the score. Chris Paul had a 35% effectiveness field goal (46% regular season), Clint Capela 66% and Harden 57%.
Harden scored 44 incredible points, it was crazy to see Harden score as many points at home, this season Harden has been unstoppable, this was one of the games where Harden scored more points throughout the year, among the top 5 of the season. With Harden, Houston Rockets is scoring an average of 114.1 points at home, the defense only allows 104.9 points, while the Rockets average 46.3% field goal, 76.7% free throw, 15.33 three pointers (45.99 points), and some 4.81 defensive blocks. .
Minnesota Timberwolves: Losing today and waiting to win at home?
The strategy of losing first at the home of the Houston Rockets does not make much sense, but there are teams that apply this type of measure when they know it will be very difficult to win at home from the host team, but the Timberwolves should know that game 7 (in if necessary) will be at the home of the Rockets (2H, 2M, 1H, 1M, 1H) and the calculations could go terribly wrong.
On the road, the Timberwolves are scoring 107.4 points on average, but the defense still has problems, the field goal average allowed by the defense is above 53.4% to the host team, it is hard to believe that the Timberwolves have a chance to win today. Towns could only score 8 miserable points, but their average all season has been above 21.3 points during most of the regular season.
The game an interesting bet, I see the Timberwolves with a better performance in the second game, I’m almost sure that they could score more points and cause some fear of the Rockets, but I doubt they can win at home with the Rockets, it’s difficult to predict an exact result, but if the Timberwolves strive the best bet is Team Total.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs today on 17/4/2018 is: Take the Timberwolves OVER 102 (Team Total)
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