Wolves Happy With Game 3 Win; Hungry For More

23 April, 2018, 21:54 | Author: Anita Tucker
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With a hostile crowd behind the Timberwolves' newfound confidence, a great start is exactly what the Rockets need to regain control of this series in Game 4.

"We've got to do a better job of imposing our will at the beginning of the game", said James Harden, who led the Rockets with 29 points. Karl-Anthony Towns also put his horrendous first two games behind him as he had a terrific performance with 18 points and 16 boards. The Rockets were unable to do so on the road in Game 3 as they ended up with a double-digit loss.

Houston can cover the spread by simply getting back to basics and shooting the ball better. The Rockets were weak on both ends of the floor and that proved to be costly.

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The game's most recent runline odds stand at +120 for taking the Cubs -1.5 runs and -140 for the Rockies +1.5. And, now, against the Rockies , all five runs came with two outs, and he again failed to finish the fifth.

A loss here would be quite surprising for the 65-win Rockets considering they haven't been beaten in back-to-back games since January 4 & Jan. 6. But the Rockets' reserves, particularly reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, have had a disappointing postseason which has not helped Houston's cause. Rose has 42 points in the series on 19-for-39 shooting in 62 minutes.

During their last five games, the Timberwolves have scored an average of 105.8 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 102.2 points per game (5.0 below their season average).

Indeed, the Wolves finished second in the league in turnovers per game, only committing 12.5 miscues per contest. The Timberwolves are all but dead if they fall behind 3-1 in the series so this is basically a must-win game for them. Do the Timberwolves have what it takes to even up the series at home?

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The Rockets can't simply rely on their offense to win this series. The Timberwolves hope to have another solid showing to square the series. Of course, those numbers are seriously inflated by their performance in Game 3. Houston shot just 10-of-37 (27 percent) from 3-point range.

After back-to-back quiet games, this could be the opportunity for Harden to finally return to his uber-aggressive self and go off for another 40-point game like he did in Game 1. Towns added 18 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in the victory. Gorgui Dieng, Jamal Crawford and Derrick Rose had one each.

Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games.

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The total has gone under in six of Houston's last seven games. Now, head coach Mike D'Antoni feels his team is out of sorts, struggling to get it together after resting players late in the season. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3. This one likely falls under the total as well thanks to Minnesota cooling off from outside and Houston playing tighter defense.

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