Feb 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger (10) dribbles past Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Target Center. The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 107-89. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Preview

 

Previewing the Houston Rockets matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night by the numbers.

 

51

The number of points in the paint the Rockets score per game, ranking them second in the NBA. The Wolves, on the other hand, give up the fourth most points in the paint, and are the worst defensive team in that area as well, allowing opponents to shoot 63 percent from less than 5 feet.

 

12 and 11

The number of points and rebounds both Omer Asik and Gorgui Dieng each got in their previous game. With Dwight Howard sidelined for possibly the second consecutive game, the Rockets don’t have too much of a void with Asik being able to fill in. On the other hand, Nikola Pekovic missed the Wolves last game and is listed as questionable. Dieng has been sporadic in his rookie season, but has shown upside, and would get his second straight start if Pekovic can’t play.

 

9

The number of consecutive wins for the Rockets at home. The longest winning streak at Toyota Center is 12 set in 2008-2009.

 

65

Terrence Jones‘ shooting percentage in the past 12 games. Jones is coming off of a 30 point performance off 11 of 15 shooting Monday night against the Utah Jazz.

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