James Harden led the National Basketball Association this year in scoring with an impressive 30.8 points per game, while Center Clint Capela led the league with a 65.2 field goal percentage. They have two All-Stars in the team - Karl-Anthony Towns and the returning Jimmy Butler.
At the No. 8 seed, they'll get the No. 1 seeded Houston Rockets in the first round. They are the overwhelming favorites going into the first round of the playoffs.
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.More news: Malaysia's IHH plans rival bid for India's Fortis Healthcare
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 Minnesota Timberwolves waited 13 years to make the playoffs while the Houston Rockets spent the best part of the last two months of the regular season waiting for the playoffs.
Jeff Teague flirted with a triple-double (15 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) while Derrick Rose added 16 points off the bench for Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins is third on Minnesota with 17.7 points plus 4.4 boards a game.
Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.More news: R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died
Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. In this picture, Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., December 29, 2017. Eric Gordon is putting up 18 points per contest while Clint Capela averages 13.9 points plus 10.8 rebounds a night. Butler is now 0 for 12 this season in the final 10 seconds when the Wolves are tied or losing by three or less. The Rockets know this and they actually rely on isolation scoring as much as any team in the league thanks largely to these switches.
The Wolves didn't get enough from their big guns to contend with a team that possesses the firepower Houston has.
Houston had Minnesota's number in the regular season, sweeping all four meetings.More news: Kentucky governor apologizes for saying teacher strike led to sexual assaults