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Rockets Timberwolves Betting Tips – Rockets Try To Regain Momentum In The Great North

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/16/2013 6:22:27 PM

The Houston Rockets know that the Minnesota Timberwolves will not have the services of Kevin Love for this Saturday's game in Minneapolis. Can they take advantage?

Houston Rockets @ Minnesota Timberwolves – Saturday, January 19    
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Why Houston Will Win

No bet on this game should ignore the centrality and primacy of the fact that the Timberwolves – who actually stayed in the thick of the hunt in the Western Conference when superstar big man Kevin Love was injured in the month of November – are now crumbling after learning that Love re-injured his hand and will be out for several more weeks. Minnesota has lost four straight games this week, and if it can't beat the surging Los Angeles Clippers at home on Thursday, it will enter this contest with a five-game skid.

Minnesota has simply been put through the mental wringer this season. Losing your best player for a few weeks early in the journey is one thing, but Minnesota got Love back and was just beginning to get into a groove when Love re-injured himself. The mental strain associated with this piece of bad fortune is something the Timberwolves simply haven't been able to handle. Houston can exploit Minnesota on the glass and in the paint, making very good use of Love's absence on Saturday night.

Why Minnesota Will Win

Even mma betting experts know that it's weird when an NBA team makes a major acquisition in the offseason but doesn't have the results that it expected before the season began. The Houston Rockets sent shockwaves through the rest of the NBA when they acquired James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder to accompany Jeremy Lin in a highly publicized backcourt. The Rockets started the season brightly and, until recently, were 21-14.

However, they've lost four games in a row and are very close to falling out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. The Rockets' defense is getting eviscerated. The Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 117-point showing on Tuesday night, putting a dent in Houston's confidence.

If Minnesota feels bad about losing four games in a row, it will look at Houston and realize that the Rockets are in the same boat. This will give the Timberwolves a spring in their step and the sincere hope that they can rejuvenate themselves.

Given Minnesota's track record as a franchise, you might be skeptical of this team's ability to take down the more talented Rockets. However, so many results from the NBA over the past month point to a level of volatility which suggests that the Timberwolves have even-money odds of winning this game. The Rockets' defense is weak enough that the T-Wolves can get into the lane and create really good scoring opportunities on a regular basis.

Who Will Win

This is a very tough game to predict. Ultimately, Minnesota – playing at home and coming off a challenging game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday – will view Houston as a team it can attack at the offensive end of the floor. Take the Timberwolves here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Minnesota

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