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Houston Rockets look to sweep season series against the Timberwolves

Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Tonight, the Houston Rockets will look to sweep their season series with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Houston kicked off their three-game road trip with a win in New Orleans on Saturday night. The Rockets are now three games ahead of the Warriors in the standings if you include the tiebreaker. Houston has a great opportunity to get an even bigger lead on Golden State with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out with injuries for at least the next few games.

Tonight, the Rockets will travel to Minnesota to take on the Wolves, who have one of the best home records in the NBA. The Wolves will also play on the second night of a back-to-back after losing to San Antonio on Saturday.

So far this season, Minnesota hasn’t had an answer for Houston’s offense. The Rockets have won each of their first three meetings with the Wolves by 18 points. Houston has averaged 120.7 points per game against Minnesota this season. The Rockets dropped 126 points and 22 3-pointers in a win in Minnesota back on Feb. 13. That was the second most points that the Wolves have given up all season.

Without Jimmy Butler, the Wolves will struggle to reverse their fortune against Houston’s high-powered offense. Minnesota doesn’t have any lockdown perimeter defenders and they struggle to contest the 3-point shot.

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With both teams on the second night of a back-to-back, this game may not be as high scoring as the previous matchups. Although, you can expect the Rockets to win by double-digits.

Injuries

For the Rockets, Nene missed the last game but he is available tonight. Ryan Anderson is also available for tonight’s game but is listed as questionable. Brandan Wright is out with a sore knee.

For the Wolves, Jimmy Butler is out due to knee surgery.

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