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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 11/23/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
PORTLAND
+1.5  

-1.5  
+100

-120

197.5
 
95
Final
103

MINNESOTA (5 - 5) at PORTLAND (5 - 6)
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Friday, 11/23/2012 10:05 PM
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523MINNESOTA192197.5
524PORTLAND-2.5-2
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
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%54.093.045.443.9%52.6
Division Games0-1-10-11-094.058.038.2%56.0101.044.044.3%56.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
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 Games0-1-10-10-192.042.036.0%56.0106.049.051.3%52.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
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
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
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
11/21/2012DENVER94-101L2L192O34-8938.2%561535-7944.3%5620
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              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
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
11/12/2012ATLANTA87-95L-2.5L193.5U30-8336.1%572035-7944.3%4916
11/13/2012@ SACRAMENTO103-86W2W197U35-7248.6%501536-7746.8%3713
11/16/2012HOUSTON119-117W-2T198O44-8651.2%481541-8846.6%5418
11/18/2012CHICAGO102-94W-2W191O39-7949.4%421637-7549.3%4319
11/21/2012@ PHOENIX87-114L2.5L201P31-7740.3%462046-7759.7%4013
11/23/2012MINNESOTA              
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              
12/8/2012SACRAMENTO              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-PORTLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer

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.


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