Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Face Kevin Love's Timberwolves


The Houston Rockets are coming off a tough loss to the Denver Nuggets as they get ready to face the 39-39 Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, their pedestrian .500 record would have been good enough to earn a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they play with the big boys in the West. There’s only so much that Kevin Love guy can do. The Rockets are 3-0 against the Wolves this season and are looking for the season sweep tonight. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

Matchups

Point Guard – Jeremy Lin vs. Ricky Rubio

Rubio has started every game for the Timberwolves this season, averaging 9.4 points and 8.6 assists per game. Let’s see which Lin we get tonight.

Edge – Even
Shooting Guard – James Harden vs. Corey Brewer

Brewer is a great defensive player who may give Harden some trouble.

Edge – Rockets

 

Small Forward – Chandler Parsons vs. Robbie Hummel

Mr. Purdue Boilermaker himself. Gators>Boilermakers

Edge – Rockets

 

Power Forward – Terrence Jones vs. Kevin Love

Mr. Love is averaging 29 points a game when the Rockets face the Wolves. He’d look better in Rockets red if you ask me. He suffered a hyper-extended elbow against the Bulls on Wednesday night, so he may miss tonight’s game.

Edge – T-Wolves…Rockets if Love is out.

 

Center – Omer Asik vs. Gorgui Dieng

Dieng is averaging 11.6 points and 12 rebounds a game as a starter. Had a 22/21 line against the Rockets last time out.

Edge – Rockets

 

Bench
Houston Rockets – Donatas MotiejunasOmri CasspiIsaiah CanaanFrancisco GarciaJordan HamiltonTroy DanielsRobert CovingtonDexter Pittman

Minnesota Timberwolves – Dante CunninghamLuc Mbah a MouteRonny TuriafOthyus JeffersAlexey Shved

Edge – Even

 

Injuries
Houston Rockets – Patrick Beverley (OUT) Dwight Howard (OUT) , Terrence Jones (GTD)

Minnesota Timberwolves – Nikola Pekovic (DTD), Chase Budinger (DTD), Jose Barea (DTD), Kevin Martin (DTD), Shabazz Muhammad (DTD)

 

Prediction
The Rockets win and either clinch the playoffs or get one game closer. Rockets 113-101

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