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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
DENVER
 
MINNESOTA
-2  

+2  
-125

+105

192
 
101
Final
94

DENVER (5 - 6) at MINNESOTA (5 - 4)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2012 8:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
519DENVER-3.5-3
520MINNESOTA190.5191
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-6-36-55-698.549.044.2%59.6100.050.443.9%49.8
Road Games3-5-3.34-44-497.148.244.5%59.1102.651.444.4%50.9
Last 5 Games2-3-1.42-33-299.446.245.0%58.6105.451.245.8%49.6
Division Games1-0+11-00-1104.053.043.5%66.084.038.036.8%54.0
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)98.549.039-8844.2%6-2030.6%15-2266.0%601722198167
vs opponents surrendering97.44937-8344.3%7-2036.2%17-2374.4%521221208146
Team Stats (Road Games)97.148.239-8744.5%5-1929.5%14-2263.5%591621197175
Stats Against (All Games)100.050.438-8643.9%8-2237.8%16-2177.7%501224209137
vs opponents averaging97.549.237-8344.6%7-1936.3%17-2276.1%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.651.439-8744.4%8-2238.0%16-2177.1%5113242010136

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-4+1.66-34-591.844.243.4%53.890.446.642.3%49.3
Home Games3-2-13-22-392.643.642.2%55.288.844.442.2%52.2
Last 5 Games2-3-1.83-22-390.243.242.9%51.691.645.243.8%50.2
Division Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)91.844.234-7743.4%5-1629.3%20-2773.1%541221187158
vs opponents surrendering96.848.236-8243.8%6-1933.5%18-2474.2%531221208146
Team Stats (Home Games)92.643.633-7942.2%5-1727.7%22-3071.1%551320187149
Stats Against (All Games)90.446.635-8342.3%6-1733.3%15-1978.1%491218237136
vs opponents averaging94.647.936-8343.3%6-1833.0%17-2375.4%521221217145
Stats Against (Home Games)88.844.436-8442.2%3-1522.1%14-1976.3%521218267156
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 98.3,  MINNESOTA 91.9
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012@ PHILADELPHIA75-84L-1.5L197U33-8837.5%642030-8535.3%5615
11/2/2012@ ORLANDO89-102L-6L198U32-8438.1%541442-8648.8%5611
11/3/2012@ MIAMI116-119L8.5W199O49-9551.6%601343-8351.8%378
11/6/2012DETROIT109-97W-10.5W200O41-9244.6%581535-7844.9%4513
11/7/2012@ HOUSTON93-87W2.5W204U37-8245.1%612131-8436.9%5218
11/9/2012UTAH104-84W-5.5W203U40-9243.5%661132-8736.8%5417
11/10/2012@ GOLDEN STATE107-101W-2.5W202.5O43-11338.1%851539-10238.2%6814
11/12/2012@ PHOENIX100-110L-4.5L203O41-7653.9%471543-9445.7%506
11/15/2012MIAMI93-98L-3.5L202.5U37-8842.0%591336-7746.8%4211
11/17/2012@ SAN ANTONIO100-126L6L202.5O39-7850.0%462147-8853.4%4614
11/19/2012@ MEMPHIS97-92W7W195.5U36-8144.4%561736-7846.2%4217
11/21/2012@ MINNESOTA              
11/23/2012GOLDEN STATE              
11/25/2012NEW ORLEANS              
11/26/2012@ UTAH              
11/29/2012@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/30/2012@ LA LAKERS              
12/3/2012TORONTO              
12/5/2012@ ATLANTA              
12/7/2012@ INDIANA              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
11/2/2012SACRAMENTO92-80W-3W195.5U32-8736.8%691132-8936.0%5611
11/4/2012@ TORONTO86-105L3.5L189.5O29-6445.3%492440-9044.4%4711
11/5/2012@ BROOKLYN107-96W7.5W194.5O44-8949.4%541135-7546.7%3913
11/7/2012ORLANDO90-75W-6W193.5U34-7644.7%541928-8035.0%5119
11/9/2012INDIANA96-94W-1.5W183O35-7050.0%441237-8444.0%4413
11/10/2012@ CHICAGO80-87L8.5W184U33-8538.8%501134-8042.5%5514
11/12/2012@ DALLAS90-82W7W191U30-6546.2%551729-8036.2%428
11/14/2012CHARLOTTE87-89L-7L182U31-8138.3%651738-8445.2%5315
11/16/2012GOLDEN STATE98-106L1L185.5O34-7943.0%441243-8550.6%5715
11/21/2012DENVER              
11/23/2012@ PORTLAND              
11/24/2012@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/27/2012@ SACRAMENTO              
11/28/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/30/2012MILWAUKEE              
12/4/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
12/5/2012@ BOSTON              
12/7/2012CLEVELAND              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Nuggets-Timberwolves Preview* ==============================

By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor

Denver (5-6) at Minnesota (5-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The streaky Denver Nuggets ended a three-game skid with their most impressive victory of the season their last time out. They'll try to build on it Wednesday night when they visit the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves, a team they've dominated in recent years.

Denver (5-6) snapped its slide by defeating Memphis 97-92 on Monday, ending the Grizzlies' eight-game winning streak and dealing them their first home loss. Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points and hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to seal the victory.

The Nuggets' victory fit with the early theme of their season. Denver, which bounced back from a lackluster 126-100 loss at San Antonio on Saturday, had sandwiched a four-game winning streak between three-game skids prior to Monday.

"We've had a rough (first) 10 games," point guard Ty Lawson said. "For (Gallinari's) shot to go in was big for us, for our morale. To get a big one like this is huge."

Denver is battling to stay competitive during a road-heavy first six weeks. The Nuggets play 17 of their first 23 away from home, where they are 3-5 thus far.

"This is the first game on the road where I think we executed at a high level both offensively and defensively," coach George Karl told the team's official website. "... We've got to get better at making shots and I think we will once we win games, and I think confidence comes by winning."

One area where the Nuggets haven't been inconsistent is under the basket. Denver leads the league in total rebounding at 49.3 per game, offensive rebounds at 16.8 and points in the paint at 52.2.

The Nuggets overpowered the Grizzlies on the boards, winning that battle 47-33 and 21-12 on the offensive glass. Kenneth Faried, the NBA leader with 63 offensive rebounds, had seven among his 13 boards and added 13 points.

Denver could be in for another big night on the glass as Minnesota is averaging just 40.4 rebounds, and that's only one of several factors that bode well for the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Denver has won nine of 10 meetings in Minneapolis and 19 of 21 overall against its Northwest Division rival. The Nuggets will also be facing a banged-up Timberwolves team that has reverted to form after a fast start.

Minnesota has gone 1-3 since winning four of its first five, averaging 88.8 points in the last four games. It averaged 96.3 in the first four victories.

The Wolves appear to be wearing down due to injuries that have left them with nine players for the last three contests.

"We're running out of gas a little bit," forward Andrei Kirilenko said after a 106-98 loss to Golden State on Friday.

Working in the Timberwolves' favor is a well-timed four-day break. Center Nikola Pekovic is expected back Wednesday and could make it more difficult for Denver to dominate down low, while guard J.J. Barea could also return. The Wolves, though, are still missing guards Brandon Roy and Ricky Rubio along with forwards Kevin Love and Chase Budinger.

"We're really just trying to focus on our team and get better defensively," point guard Luke Ridnour told the team's website. "The last couple games we kind of slipped away from that. We can't worry about guys coming in and out; we just have to focus on what we have now. And we have to get back to what made us good."


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