Saturday gives us a mouth-watering matchup as the upstart Timberwolves travel to Houston to take on the Red-hot Rockets.
The Wolves most recent loss came at the hands of the Rockets a handful of days before the all-star break. Karl-Anthony Towns went to town (pardon the pun) notching 35 points and 12 boards, but it was the Rockets who were victorious 126-108.
The Rockets core of Capela, Paul and Harden will likely continue to accelerate the Rockets on the scoreboard as they’re averaging 114.1 points per game. With the Rockets brand of short, sharp, unselfish play, they’re more than capable of carving the Wolves up on the inside.
Unless the Wolves have fixed their defensive issues during the all-star break, this could get ugly once again.
The Rockets are the play in this one.
Tip: Houston Rockets -10
On Sunday, we can sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacle that is KD vs. Westbrook. This is of course as Oklahoma City travel to Golden State to take on a league-leading Warriors outfit.
This matchup always brings with it a bit of drama. Westbrook and KD haven’t shared much love since their infamous split.
Surprise, Surprise the Thunder have won the two meetings between these two this season. Once by 20 and the next time by 17. I have no doubt the Warriors will be expecting to extract some revenge on a team who relative to the rest of the league is tracking well below expectations.
The Warriors 115.8 points per game is the highest in the NBA at the moment and if the Thunder enter a shootout, they could be in trouble.
The Warriors recent complaints of being “Fried” and “waiting for all-star break” will definitely see them benefit the most from the break.
I expect a refreshed Warriors team to lay the wood on the Thunder.
Tip: Golden State Warriors -8