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Timberwolves Feel Ready For First Postseason Appearance In 14 Years

They will also have the fit-again Jimmy Butler and a largely injury-free roster that will look to take the National Basketball Association playoffs 2018 by storm. Minnesota's defense has struggled this year, and unless they pick it up, they could be swept by the NBA's most electric offensive team.

Houston Rockets added Chris Paul at the start of the season and ended with a franchise-best tally of 65 wins and home court advantage for the playoffs.

The good news is the slate gets wiped clean, and with the way Minnesota handled playoff type pressure just to get into the postseason they're confident they'll be ready.

At the No. 8 seed, they'll get the No. 1 seeded Houston Rockets in the first round.

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Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle. The big man was a force on both ends, holding Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns to just eight points.

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Anderson averaged 18.1 FanDuel points in 26.1 minutes per game this season.

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

Tonight's late Rockets vs Timberwolves game will be televised exclusively on the TNT cable TV channel.

This will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on in the playoffs with the Rockets - seeing how often its bigs switching onto Harden and how much he makes them pay. The five man group of Gibson, Butler, Teague, Wiggins and Towns played 45 more minutes than any other group in the league and that's even with Butler missing almost six weeks. He carried Houston in the second half like Capela did in the first.

Then Khris Middleton forced overtime with an absurd 3-pointer at the buzzer that barely got off his fingertips in time. Can Minnesota find secondary scoring and slow Houston's perimeter barrage? The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last 10 road games. Houston has seen the over go 5-1 in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

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