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Timberwolves play the Rockets, aim for 4th straight win

January 8, 2022 GMT

Minnesota Timberwolves (18-20, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (11-28, 15th in the Western Conference)

Houston; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota will try to extend its three-game win streak with a victory over Houston.

The Rockets have gone 4-16 against Western Conference opponents. Houston averages 16.6 turnovers per game and is 4-6 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents.

The Timberwolves are 14-13 in conference games. Minnesota has a 10-13 record against teams over .500.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last matchup on Oct. 21 the Timberwolves won 124-106 led by 30 points from Karl-Anthony Towns, while Christian Wood scored 16 points for the Rockets.

TOP PERFORMERS: Wood is scoring 16.5 points per game with 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Rockets. Jalen Green is averaging 19.3 points over the past 10 games for Houston.

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D’Angelo Russell is averaging 17.6 points and 6.4 assists for the Timberwolves. Malik Beasley is averaging 15.7 points over the past 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 1-9, averaging 110.6 points, 40.1 rebounds, 20.8 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 125.0 points per game.

Timberwolves: 5-5, averaging 109.1 points, 45.5 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 8.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.3 points.

INJURIES: Rockets: Usman Garuba: out (health and safety protocols), Alperen Sengun: out (ankle).

Timberwolves: Leandro Bolmaro: out (health and safety protocols), Patrick Beverley: out (groin).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.