Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Timberwolves Feel Ready For First Postseason Appearance In 14 Years

Given the long odds, and the fact that Minnesota hasn't won a playoff series since the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals, is drawing Houston accomplishment enough? They have two All-Stars in the team - Karl-Anthony Towns and the returning Jimmy Butler.

With the uncertainty of the Golden State Warriors health going into the postseason as well as the Rockets utter dominance throughout the conference with their sterling 41-11 record. The Rockets shot 37.8 percent from the field and hit 13 of 46 three point attempts. The Rockets' young big man tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds over the first 24 minutes.

Rockets and Minessota take the court Sunday night for the first of seven games at the Toyota Center. Game 2 will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and can be heard on BUZ'N 102.9 FM. He missed seven games with a hamstring strain before returning against the Timberwolves January 18. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. Nene Hilario, Gerald Green, Joe Johnson, Trevor Ariza (11.7 points, 4.4 boards, 1.46 steals), Chris Paul (18.6 points, 7.9 assists, 1.66 steals) and Luc Mbah a Moute are key pieces in the rotation as well. Saunders passed two days before the start of the National Basketball Association season, before he had a chance to see the number one overall pick who'd become part of his family play a game in Minnesota.

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Ryan Anderson is also questionable to play for Houston and it is looking like he will not.

Houston had Minnesota's number in the regular season, sweeping all four meetings.

That gives Jimmy Butler - who was inactive for one game vs. Houston and was hurt during another - more time to rest and recover after his late-season comeback. Minnesota's defense has struggled this year, and unless they pick it up, they could be swept by the NBA's most electric offensive team. That combination easily downs what the Timberwolves bring to the table: throw in the experience factor along with home court and Houston takes Game 1 with ease. He dislocated his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the regular season. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Given the way the regular season meetings went, there's little reason to think the Timberwolves can slow Houston's attack: look for the over to come up here.

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