NBA Playoff Betting: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets

Timberwolves Blast Rockets

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

During the regular season KAT scored 21.3 points per game, good for 24th in the National Basketball Association.

It's amusing how one game can completely change a playoff series as the Rockets would've had one eye on the next round after winning so easily in Games 1 and 2.

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The Raptors controlled this game for much of this game, leading by 14 early in the third. "We rely on him and he comes through". No one expected this series to be easy, and they went through two series previous year that started 2-0 and would up being 2-2.

Barley slipping past the ninth-seeded Denver Nuggets in the wild wild West, Minnesota was rightfully projected to get swept in the first round when facing off against a team that clinched a playoff spot long before anyone else. Minnesota beat the Rockets 121-105 in game 3 to make the series 2-1. The Timberwolves battle the Houston Rockets in Game Four tomorrow at the Target Center.

The Wolves' two All-Stars finally showed up to the series in Game 3. Chris Paul finished with 14 points on only 5-for-14 shooting and he committed 6 uncharacteristic turnovers.

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James Harden bounced back from his very bad Game 2 shooting performance to record 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn't almost enough. 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.

Minnesota guards, Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, both had outstanding games on both sides of the ball to help their team get a win.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in this series. They should expect Mike D'Antoni to construct a comeback based on serious contributions from James Harden and Chris Paul. But if the Thunder know what's good for them, they'll do their best to ensure that they don't find themselves in the unenviable predicament of needing to becoming the 12th. Minnesota outscored Houston 35-24 in the third quarter to extend a one-point halftime lead and never looked back. Nonetheless, that is a lot of components to pull together for Minnesota, and if the Rockets regain their rhythm before the rest of the series, you can pretty much discount Minnesota's future playoff hopes all together.

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