Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Odds Preview 04/23/18

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets - 4/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Now, it's been something of an adjustment to transition to playoff-level intensity, which was manifested in a letdown Game 3 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that he felt that the team hadn't played up to its full potential since the middle of March. Their bench was also demolished significantly in this game.

Rockets reaction - It's been a while since the Rockets faced any sort of adversity. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3.

For as much of a roller coaster as the last 10 months have been for the Timberwolves in terms of injuries, defensive performance, and roster decisions, there's one area that Tom Thibodeau's squad has remained consistent: they take care of the basketball. The question now is whether they can be able to sustain it. But if those two can continue to play well, with some help from Wiggins and Teague, the Wolves have a strong chance of evening this series up.

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Through the first two games of the playoffs, however, the Timberwolves have found that it's much more hard to avoid turnovers against an opposing defense that has chose to clamp down. The Rockets will need Gordon - or another breakout performance from Gerald Green - in order to reclaim control of this series. Harden was solid with 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Paul had 17 points and six assists, but the other three starters - Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Capela - totaled just 17 points.

And while the Rockets' defense is quite good (they finished sixth in defensive rating in the regular season), the first quarter issues were far more a case of sloppiness than anything else. Jimmy Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points in the win. Now, it's the Timberwolves who have all the momentum as their role players stepped up big in the pivotal Game 3 victory, so it'll be interesting to see if they can earn another win against the Rockets who have won 20 of the last 23 meetings. But Wiggins has quietly been a strong fantasy option all series long.

Karl-Anthony Towns came out of hibernation, going for 18 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

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