James Harden led the National Basketball Association this year in scoring with an impressive 30.8 points per game, while Center Clint Capela led the league with a 65.2 field goal percentage. But the Timberwolves got going after that and had tied it up by late in the first quarter. In total, he tallied 24 points and 12 boards, dominating the center matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with just eight points to go with 12 rebounds. Not only are they one of only two teams to make over 1,000 threes this season but they have made nearly twice as many threes per game as the Timberwolves have.
Their return to the NBA Playoffs.
The top-seeded Houston Rockets commence their 2018 NBA Playoffs run tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the better eight seeds in recent memory thanks to an absolutely stacked Western Conference. The Rockets finished with a league-best record of 65-17. Andrew Wiggins is a stud for the games he shows up and plays focused.
Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points. The four-time All-Star is healthy and ready to go and will be an offensive factor for Minnesota after averaging 22.2 points per game this season. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 21.3 points plus 12.3 rebounds, Jamal Crawford adds 10.3 points a night, Jimmy Butler kicks in a team leading 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jeff Teague adds 14.2 points plus seven assists a contest: he returned to the lineup January 10 after missing seven games with a sprained MCL.
What can be said about the Houston Rockets that hasn't already been written about?
Timberwolves will have to go on the offensive right from the start to have a chance of beating the Rockets.
The Rockets are above average offensively: they are 2 in the league with 112.4 points per game. Eric Gordon (ankle) is probable.
The Wolves didn't get enough from their big guns to contend with a team that possesses the firepower Houston has.
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