The first NBA free tip of the 2013 season
Here we go again , after a couple of weeks of prospecting and watching games, we’ll send out the first NBA pick of the season .
MINNESOTA AT HOUSTON 8:00 pm EST
Dwight Howard and the high-scoring Rockets go for their fourth straight home win Saturday night as they attempt to deal Kevin Love and the Timberwolves their fourth consecutive road defeat.
Although the Timberwolves were one of the league’s biggest surprises during a 5-2 start, they’ve dropped four of their last seven contests. With five starters scoring in double figures, they snapped a two-game losing streak Friday with a 111-81 victory over visiting Brooklyn.
James Harden has helped make up for the defensive shortcomings, leading the Rockets with 24.2 points per contest. He averaged 28.3 while helping Houston take two of three from Minnesota last season.
In the most recent meeting on March 15, Harden had 37 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five 3-pointers in Houston’s 108-100 home win.
Min has a great team this year, but not performing very well on the road. With Kevin Martin averaging 23.1 points per game, Minnesota is the only team with two players among the league’s top 10 in scoring.
THey lost a few very close games as per the stats below:
Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Min should be able to keep this one close and K Love control Howard in the paint.