Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 4-23-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Timberwolves Blast Rockets

Timberwolves Blast Rockets

Jeff Teague chipped in 23 points plus eight assists, Andrew Wiggins added 20 points while Derrick Rose had 17 off the bench. They will try to even the series against a top-seeded Rockets team that hasn't lost back-to-back games since January 6.

A triple-double from Ricky Rubio carried Utah to a comfortable Game 3 win and a surprising 2-1 series lead, causing Russell Westbrook to make some bold proclamations about shutting down Rubio in Game 4. In a Game 2 blowout loss in Houston on Wednesday night, the Wolves had only 15 assists and 16 turnovers while being held to 82 points. The Rockets' three point shooting has been even worse as they are hitting a paltry 31.5 percent from beyond the arc: they hit 69.6 percent at the charity stripe.

But it might have been Rose that got the Target Center most excited, showing burst and athleticism not often seen since his knees started failing him en route to 17 points in just 21 minutes off the bench. The Rockets gave up 121 points in game 3 and allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 50% from the field.

The Wolves' two All-Stars finally showed up to the series in Game 3.

Harden and Chris Paul have each had big games so far this series, but they have not clicked on the same night.

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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.

Houston was on cruise control for much of the regular season, but they ran into a speed bump in game 3. They should expect Mike D'Antoni to construct a comeback based on serious contributions from James Harden and Chris Paul.

Down 2-1, the Timberwolves are +600 on the Sports Interaction series line with Houston at -2000. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3.

Oh knows the Wolves proved they belonged Saturday.

This likely will be Minnesota's final home game of the season without a victory; a win would assure the series would return to the Twin Cities for a Game 6.

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