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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets NBA Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: February 23rd 2018

| February 23, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets
NBA Point Spread Pick: Minnesota +8.5 (February 23rd 2018)

The 36-25 Minnesota Timberwolves are in Houston to take on the 44-13 Rockets on Friday night and while I’m going to stop short in calling for an outright victory, I do believe that the stage is set for a much more competitive battle than what the oddsmakers are trying to lead us to believe.

Minnesota comes to town off a 119-111 home win over the Lakers in its final game before the break, while Houston posted a 100-91 home victory over Sacramento in its previous action.

Note that this is a “double revenge” in-season scenario for the Wolves, as the Rockets have already taken both previous meetings this year, winning 116-98 and 126-108. Minnesota averages 109.7 PPG and it concedes 106.8. The Wolves rallied for 35 points in the fourth quarter in the victory over the Lakers, led by 24 points from Jimmy Butler.

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns posted ten points and 18 boards in the winning cause. Houston averages 114.1 PPG and it concedes 105.4. James Harden led the way in the win over the lowly Kings with 28 points and nine boards.

I’ll point out though that Minnesota has done extremely well in this spot for bettors all year by going 5-2 ATS in trying to revenge a home loss against an opponent.

Conversely, this is a position in which Houston has struggled in by going just 12-14 ATS this season after three or more consecutive SU victories.

As mentioned off the top, everything points to this one being decided by whichever team has its hands on the ball last. Consider a second look at the Timberwolves tonight.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini College Basketball Point Spread Pick from Scott Rickenbach: February 22nd 2018

| February 22, 2018

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
College Basketball Point Spread Pick: Purdue -8 (February 22nd 2018)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach CBB Game #573 Thursday Free Pick Purdue Boilermakers (-) @ Illinois Illini @ 7 ET – The Boilermakers have stumbled recently and, even though they’re off of a win, it was a tight victory. Purdue needs a big blowout win to truly get back on track in advance of tourney time and Illinois should prove to be the “punching bag” that is just what the doctor ordered! The Boilermakers have crushed the Illini by an average margin of 27 points in their last 2 meetings. Also, Illinois enters this match-up on short rest and having lost 11 of its last 14 games and 8 of those 11 losses were by a double digit margin.

This is Purdue’s “easiest match-up” they’ve had in awhile and I expect them to take full advantage. The Boilermakers are on an 8-4 ATS run when facing a team with a losing record. The Illini are on a 4-8 ATS run when off of a loss in Big Ten action. Road rout is on tap in this one! Free Pick PURDUE