NBA Playoffs Preview: Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves, SWOT Analysis & Prediction

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Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 21.3 points per contest this season while collecting an average of 12.3 boards per game. Their other meeting came in Minnesota's first trip in 1997, when the Timberwolves were swept in three games.

The NBA Playoffs got off to a great start on Saturday, and Sunday was no different.

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.

Houston and James Harden are the best regular season team in the National Basketball Association (and very possibly just the best team in the National Basketball Association, period).

The Timberwolves come into this game 8 in scoring with 109.5 points a game.

It was a rough, grind-it-out affair between the Celtics and Bucks for at least the first three quarters, but the ending turned into absolute insanity.

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The Rockets opponent, the Minnesota Timberwolves, clinched their first playoff birth in 14 years by beating the Denver Nuggets in the regular season finale.

Jeff Teague ended Minnesota's scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout and added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden.

Houston fell to Sacramento in a game that meant nothing to either side as the Kings were headed to the lottery while the Rockets had long locked up the top seed in the playoffs and home court advantage throughout.

For the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins led the way with 18 points, with Derrick Rose (16) and Jamal Crawford (15) pitching in off the bench. Minnesota must play tight defense and hope that the Rockets go cold from the three-point line, while they need to shoot well from 3-point range themselves. Butler is now 0 for 12 this season in the final 10 seconds when the Wolves are tied or losing by three or less.

He went down with a knee injury in their second match-up on February 23rd, then missed the last two games between the two teams. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds.

This is Towns' first time playing in the playoffs so he'll have to get used to a more intense game and playing on a bigger stage than he's ever seen.

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