This is a straight forward game, the Rockets are not really going to put up much of a fight with their starters as they will play very limited minutes to rest, Minnesota will on the other hand have their guys going full force, this team finds itself 11 days away from closing out the season and although they did not make the post season they have a chance to end their season on the winning side of things.
Houston will have their bench run their set pays and get ready for a deep run into the west playoffs, their road will not be easy as this team has not fared well against post season destined teams. They really must push themselves, I think that they outside shooting can still get better and they will have to look at creating space late in the fourth quarter from around the basket and not necessarily go to the inside .
Minnesota is a game above .500 and I honestly love their back court, the ability Love has to shoot from beyond the arc as a center of a power forward is simply amazing, that forces teams to adjust to zone which won’t work on him or man that brings the opposing center out leaving the rim un protected. Their main issue is that their guards lack the aggressiveness to drive the ball and they rather depend on the shot more than crashing the boards. The Timberwolves want to stay about that middle line very bad so I see them doing whatever it takes to win this game.
Pick: Take the Timberwolves +5 in this game because of their need to win their next few games against playoff teams. They have to stay above water to have this season mean something.