Who will survive the first round of the NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets or Minnesota Timberwolves?
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Who will survive the first round of the NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets or Minnesota Timberwolves?

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The real NBA season begins with the NBA Playoffs. 16 teams will be vying for the biggest prize in basketball. In the first round, the Houston Rockets face the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rockets finished with the best record in the NBA. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves are riding Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler to the title. Who advances? 🏀

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Move over, Warriors. The NBA belongs to the Houston Rockets now. With the Warriors fighting off the injury bug, it is the Rockets who have taken over as the best team in the league. James Harden is averaging 30.4 points and 8.8 assists in an MVP-caliber campaign, looking unstoppable running head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense. 

The difference between last year's exit and this year is that Harden has the help of Chris Paul to share the burden of being the main ballhandler. With the team feeding off those two players, the Timberwolves have no shot at winning.

No one is giving the Timberwolves a shot at beating the mighty Rockets, but they have the pieces to shock the world. The team has the sixth-slowest pace of any NBA team. If they can slow things down and grind out possessions with Karl-Anthony Towns in the middle and Jimmy Butler shooting bombs from the perimeter, the Timberwolves can steal a game or four from Houston. 

With defensive genius and head coach Tom Thibodeau scheming for just one team, this is not the guarantee matchup everyone thinks it is. Minnesota is going to surprise the league.

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