Home court certainly proved to be a NBA betting online advantage on Saturday. Minnesota scored a 121-105 home payout over Houston to get back into their playoff series. For the first time in 14 years Minnesota hosted a NBA playoff game. With a full house on hand they took full advantage. Now comes the bigger challenge for game four. Beat the Rockets a second time to even up the best of seven series. Should the Timberwolves lose they will be as good as dead. That is because they’d face elimination at Houston for game five.
Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 4
Date and Time: Monday, April 23, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Rockets||-6 (-110)||217½ (-110)|
|Timberwolves||+6 (-110)||217½ (-110)|
Rockets vs. Timberwolves TV Coverage: TNT
Houston leads this best of seven series two games to one. Game five will be at the Toyota Center on Wednesday in H-Town. Wolves guard Jimmy Butler sparked the game three payout with 28 points. Fellow guard Jeff Teague added 23 points. Forward Andrew Wiggins netted 20 more for Minnesota. Center Karl Anthony Towns powered to 16 rebounds and scored 18 for the T-Wolves. Coach Tom Thibodeau got a maximum team effort. Home town fans starved for playoff hoops were thrilled. Not to mention gamblers who saw it coming. However, game four offers different dynamics.
Strong arguments can be made that Minnesota will be the team under pressure on Monday. Seems like they make for a live NBA betting online home dog. And perhaps they are. But now they face do or die pressure. To make it back to Target Center for game six they almost certainly must win Monday. Escaping Houston alive in an elimination game is not a probable prospect. Attitude wise this will be a different game from Saturday. It is reasonable to assume Houston will be sharper for game four.
Big Names on Court
James Harden leads the Rockets with 28.3 points per game in this series. He led the NBA in regular season scoring with 30 per game. Center Clint Capela is averaging 13 rebounds per game for Houston. Jimmy Butler leads Minnesota with 17 points per game in the playoffs. He was acquired from Chicago in the offseason. Butler proved to be the missing element for the T-Wolves. He filled the need for a difference making impact player. Andrew Wiggins is also averaging 17 points per game for the Wolves. Karl Anthony Towns has matched Capela with 13 rebounds per game.
Team vs Team
Head to head the Wolves have covered five of their last seven against the Rockets. Just five of the last 20 in this sportsbook series have gone under the total. Target Center has seen Minnesota pay in five of their last eight vs. Houston. Seven of the last eight between these teams at Minnesota went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
Despite their win in game three Minnesota is the NBA betting online dog. They are getting plenty enough points to merit consideration. While Houston may win, covering the five and half points is questionable. Value wise the Wolves rate the matchup edge.
Rockets vs. Timberwolves NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Expect the Timberwolves to give the Rockets all they can handle.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Timberwolves 110, Rockets 109
Check out highlights of Minnesota’s game three win over Houston!