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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 11/23/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (5 - 5) at PORTLAND (5 - 6)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-5+0.76-45-592.045.642.8%54.091.546.342.5%50.0
Road Games2-2+2.73-12-290.745.044.9%52.092.549.242.5%45.7
Last 5 Games1-4-3.82-32-389.846.440.6%
Division Games0-1-10-11-
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)92.045.634-7842.8%5-1730.3%19-2772.2%541221198158
vs opponents surrendering9748.436-8243.8%7-2034.3%18-2474.5%521221208146
Team Stats (Road Games)90.745.034-7644.9%5-1631.2%18-2376.3%521123198166
Stats Against (All Games)91.546.335-8342.5%6-1734.5%15-1979.0%501218237146
vs opponents averaging95.547.836-8343.6%6-1833.0%17-2374.6%531221217156
Stats Against (Road Games)92.549.234-8142.5%8-1845.2%15-1980.3%461119207114

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-6-0.64-65-599.247.843.7%48.6102.951.550.1%48.5
Home Games3-3-0.52-34-2103.850.346.3%44.7104.552.849.9%49.5
Last 5 Games3-2+0.72-22-299.647.845.1%48.6101.251.249.2%44.6
Division Games0-1-10-10-
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.247.837-8443.7%9-2337.6%18-2376.0%491219209154
vs opponents surrendering97.448.637-8344.1%7-1934.9%17-2375.2%511221208155
Team Stats (Home Games)103.850.338-8246.3%8-2238.6%19-2575.0%4511192110155
Stats Against (All Games)102.951.539-7950.1%6-1734.6%18-2477.2%49922219164
vs opponents averaging98.649.937-8245.1%7-2034.9%18-2475.6%511122218155
Stats Against (Home Games)104.552.838-7749.9%6-1835.2%21-2681.1%491022249183
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 92.9,  PORTLAND 98.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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
11/10/2012@ CHICAGO80-87L8.5W184U33-8538.8%501134-8042.5%5514
11/12/2012@ DALLAS90-82W7W191U30-6546.2%551729-8036.2%428
11/16/2012GOLDEN STATE98-106L1L185.5O34-7943.0%441243-8550.6%5715
11/23/2012@ PORTLAND              
11/24/2012@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/27/2012@ SACRAMENTO              
11/28/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/4/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
12/5/2012@ BOSTON              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012LA LAKERS116-106W2W192O42-8350.6%361236-7250.0%5224
11/2/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY92-106L8.5L205U32-8936.0%561139-7651.3%5212
11/3/2012@ HOUSTON95-85W5.5W206.5U39-9341.9%621634-9635.4%6518
11/5/2012@ DALLAS91-114L4L198.5O36-9338.7%531348-7861.5%439
11/8/2012LA CLIPPERS90-103L0L202U32-7542.7%411341-7753.2%5613
11/10/2012SAN ANTONIO109-112L2.5L197O42-8947.2%441540-7057.1%4321
11/13/2012@ SACRAMENTO103-86W2W197U35-7248.6%501536-7746.8%3713
11/21/2012@ PHOENIX87-114L2.5L201P31-7740.3%462046-7759.7%4013
11/25/2012@ BROOKLYN              
11/26/2012@ DETROIT              
11/28/2012@ WASHINGTON              
11/30/2012@ BOSTON              
12/1/2012@ CLEVELAND              
12/3/2012@ CHARLOTTE              
12/5/2012@ INDIANA              
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-PORTLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Timberwolves-Trail Blazers Preview* ====================================


Minnesota (5-5) at Portland (5-6), 10:00 p.m. EDT

The Minnesota Timberwolves got their franchise player back ahead of schedule, and he certainly didn't disappoint.

His team did once again.

Minnesota looks for a similar performance from Kevin Love but a different result Friday, trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as it travels to face the Portland Trail Blazers.

Love was a surprise activation prior to Wednesday's game against Denver, though his return didn't immediately change the Timberwolves' recent fortune as they lost 101-94. The two-time All-Star came back much earlier than expected - he was supposed to miss six to eight weeks when he broke his right hand Oct. 18 - and gave Minnesota (5-5) a boost with 34 points and 14 rebounds.

"I didn't want to make a big deal about it," Love said. "I told my teammates, and they didn't really believe me. Once they saw a jersey in my locker, they believed it was true."

After missing his team's first nine games, Love wasn't at full strength though he started strong with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the first quarter. He missed six free throws, shot 2 of 9 from 3-point range and often was seen flexing his injured hand.

"I haven't even practiced, so I just kind of threw myself into the game hoping something good was going to happen," Love said. "I missed some free throws, missed some 3s that I don't usually miss."

Still, his scoring and rebounding totals were more than any teammate tallied in either category all season as the Timberwolves lost their third straight - all at home - following a 5-2 start.

J.J. Barea and Nikola Pekovic both returned from more minor injuries and were Love's only teammates to score in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively. Pekovic (14.6 per game) and Andrei Kirilenko (13.4) have been the leading scorers for Minnesota, which is still missing Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger due to knee problems.

"You've got to be able to go to other players rather than just him (Love)," coach Rick Adelman said.

Portland (5-6) had won three straight before committing a season-high 22 turnovers in a 114-87 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers let the Suns hit 59.7 percent from the field and are allowing a league-worst 50.1 for the season.

That's far from the only area in which they've had trouble.

Their bench is the worst in the NBA at 12.8 points per game, and no team in the last 25 years has averaged fewer than 18.0 in a season. Portland has been outscored in the paint in all but one game, including 54-24 by the Suns.

"That is a strength of theirs and not necessarily our strength so I did probably anticipate a differential but not 30," coach Terry Stotts said. "It's not all effort. It's being mentally engaged."

The Trail Blazers had won 16 in a row in this series before losing the first two meetings last season. They did win the most recent matchup, 119-106 on April 1 as LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum combined for 50 points. That duo was held to a total of 25 in Wednesday's loss.

Love averaged 32.3 points in last season's three meetings. His 42 points in Portland on March 3 helped give Minnesota its only win in its last 13 trips there.

Last Updated: 10/13/2015 8:02:56 PM EST

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