On Saturday a couple of Western Conference playoffs series switch venues with the Houston Rockets heading to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder heading west to take on the Utah Jazz.
The Rockets are up 2-0 in their series with the T-Wolves and after a close first game they blew out Minnesota in Game 2. The Thunder’s series with the Jazz is tied at 1-1 and Utah have now earned the home court advantage after its Game 2 win in OKC.
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NBA multi selections for Saturday, April 21 games:
Houston Rockets to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves (-200)
Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Utah Jazz (+160)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets
Saturday April 21, 7:30 PM EST at Target Center Minneapolis, MN
The Rockets really have to feel good about where they are in their series with the T-Wolves. Not only are they up 2-0, but they won Game 2 102-82 in a blowout even though James Harden was ice cold only going for 12 points on 2/18 shooting and missing nine of his 10 3-pointers.
Chris Paul and Gerald Green picked up the slack in Game 2 combining for 48 points and while they only shot 36.8% from the floor they still won by 20 points.
Where did Karl-Anthony Towns go? The Minnesota big man averaged 21.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg in the regular season and in the two games in this series he has totaled a paltry 13 points. He and Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins all played poorly in Game 2 and they have to turn it around in Game 3 of they will be in a 0-3 hole.
Have to take the Rockets in this game, as Harden stunk it up in Game 2 and Houston still easily won. They will take a 3-0 lead in the series and go for the sweep in Game 4.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
Saturday April 21, 10:00 PM EST at Vivint Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City, UT
The Jazz beat the Thunder 102-95 in Game 2 where they outscored Oklahoma City 28-16 in the 4th quarter.
Utah ranks 1st in the league in points allowed and after giving up 116 points and allowing OKC to shoot 48.2% in Game 1 they held them to 95 points on 40% shooting in Game 2.
Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio combined for 50 points in the Game 2 win and while Mitchell will get his points the Thunder have to keep the other Jazz players from scoring big.
The Big 3 for the Thunder in Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook were not so big in Game 2, as they combined to shoot only 19/58 from the floor. That will not cut it, as all three can’t struggle with their shot and hope to win.
In Game 3 the Big 3 will rebound, especially Westbrook and George, and shoot the rock well and the Thunder will take the game in a close contest and also take back home court advantage.
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