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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/5/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
BOSTON
+5.5  

-5.5  
+180

-220

193
 
94
Final
104

MINNESOTA (8 - 8) at BOSTON (9 - 8)
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Wednesday, 12/5/2012 7:35 PM
Board OpenLatest
505MINNESOTA190190.5
506BOSTON-6.5-6
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-8+110-68-893.249.242.6%55.792.347.243.0%49.2
Road Games4-5+2.16-35-493.350.443.9%54.894.149.244.2%46.0
Last 5 Games3-2+1.44-12-395.455.242.7%58.691.848.642.0%49.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)93.249.234-8042.6%6-1930.5%19-2672.8%561321198156
vs opponents surrendering97.84936-8244.5%7-2035.3%18-2475.3%521222208146
Team Stats (Road Games)93.350.435-7943.9%6-2029.8%18-2475.3%551222208155
Stats Against (All Games)92.347.236-8343.0%6-1833.0%15-2075.7%491119237136
vs opponents averaging96.147.837-8344.0%7-1934.7%17-2275.0%511221218145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.149.236-8144.2%7-1937.1%15-2174.2%461121218125

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-8-3.26-89-797.546.647.2%45.697.947.845.3%49.7
Home Games5-4-2.83-55-397.843.748.4%44.296.246.444.5%50.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.53-12-398.249.645.3%50.294.844.842.9%50.6
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)97.546.637-7847.2%5-1436.4%19-2380.8%46724218144
vs opponents surrendering9748.637-8244.8%7-1835.2%17-2375.9%511121208145
Team Stats (Home Games)97.843.737-7648.4%5-1238.2%20-2480.4%44625219154
Stats Against (All Games)97.947.836-8045.3%7-1836.5%18-2476.5%501022208155
vs opponents averaging96.548.737-8344.4%7-1934.8%16-2275.9%511122208146
Stats Against (Home Games)96.246.436-8044.5%7-2038.1%17-2374.8%501122219165
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 93.8,  BOSTON 96.3
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@ PORTLAND95-103L1.5L197.5O32-7841.0%591442-7853.8%4212
11/24/2012@ GOLDEN STATE85-96L3L197.5U33-8638.4%521033-7842.3%5613
11/27/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-89W1W195.5U38-8345.8%561737-8444.0%4413
11/28/2012@ LA CLIPPERS95-101L9W194.5O31-8237.8%641837-8145.7%4210
11/30/2012MILWAUKEE95-85W-1.5W194.5U34-8739.1%671534-9336.6%5711
12/4/2012@ PHILADELPHIA105-88W3W187O41-7753.2%541535-8342.2%4713
12/5/2012@ BOSTON              
12/7/2012CLEVELAND              
12/12/2012DENVER              
12/14/2012@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/15/2012DALLAS              
12/17/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/18/2012@ MIAMI              
12/20/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2012@ MIAMI107-120L6.5L187.5O39-7552.0%431543-7954.4%408
11/2/2012MILWAUKEE88-99L-7L197U33-7444.6%411840-8646.5%5118
11/3/2012@ WASHINGTON89-86W-5.5L191U36-8442.9%44934-7843.6%5715
11/7/2012WASHINGTON100-94W-9.5L186.5O34-8142.0%601639-9541.1%5019
11/9/2012PHILADELPHIA100-106L-5.5L180.5O37-7648.7%461440-8248.8%4816
11/10/2012@ MILWAUKEE96-92W-1W194U32-7244.4%551435-8839.8%5211
11/12/2012@ CHICAGO101-95W3W185O41-8150.6%37834-7445.9%5013
11/14/2012UTAH98-93W-5T191P36-7250.0%43933-8240.2%5712
11/15/2012@ BROOKLYN97-102L5T190O35-7546.7%491336-8542.4%5111
11/17/2012TORONTO107-89W-7W187O43-7656.6%441330-7042.9%4315
11/18/2012@ DETROIT83-103L-4L188U32-7145.1%361739-7254.2%4516
11/21/2012SAN ANTONIO100-112L1L193O41-7753.2%271245-7758.4%4817
11/23/2012OKLAHOMA CITY108-100W2.5W197O39-8048.7%441537-7946.8%4616
11/25/2012@ ORLANDO116-110W-5.5W189O47-10544.8%641541-9045.6%4918
11/28/2012BROOKLYN83-95L-4L189U32-7542.7%491733-8240.2%5914
11/30/2012PORTLAND96-78W-4.5W192.5U36-7349.3%441924-6934.8%5021
12/1/2012@ MILWAUKEE88-91L3T196U34-8241.5%501636-7945.6%4914
12/5/2012MINNESOTA              
12/7/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
12/8/2012PHILADELPHIA              
12/12/2012DALLAS              
12/14/2012@ HOUSTON              
12/15/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/18/2012@ CHICAGO              
12/19/2012CLEVELAND              
12/21/2012MILWAUKEE              
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.
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Timberwolves-Celtics Preview* ==============================

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

Minnesota (8-8) at Boston (9-8), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Rajon Rondo is back, and he's looking to provide a spark for the Boston Celtics.

Facing the Minnesota Timberwolves is usually a good way for them to do that, but this time may be different.

Rondo will try to help the Celtics continue their dominance in this series Wednesday night while the Timberwolves attempt to build off their most lopsided victory of the season.

Boston (9-8) split two games without Rondo, who served a suspension for shoving Brooklyn's Kris Humphries into the stands in retaliation for a hard foul on Kevin Garnett during a 95-83 loss last Wednesday.

The Celtics seemed to be cruising to a second victory without the All-Star guard on Saturday, but they wasted a game-opening 17-0 run and fell 91-88 at Milwaukee.

Rondo, the NBA leader with 12.9 assists per game, is thrilled to be back and wants to help the Celtics, who have dropped four of seven and averaged 89.0 points over their last three.

"It was difficult," Rondo told the team's official website. "I love being around the guys. I love coming into practice and being around the team and playing, but I had to miss that for a couple of days.

"We've got to get this show on the road. We've got to have a great December. I mean, I want to get better. I want to run off about eight or nine games straight."

Trying to start a run like that against the Timberwolves (8-8) seems to be ideal since Boston has won 10 straight meetings while holding them to an average of 91.6 points and 42.1 percent shooting. The Celtics are averaging 106.8 points while winning six in a row at home dating to a loss on March 6, 2005.

Rondo is averaging 16.0 assists and 8.3 points while appearing in three of the last four overall matchups, accumulating 17 assists in a 100-79 romp at Minnesota on March 30.

The Timberwolves shot 34.7 percent from the field - 6 for 24 from beyond the arc - in that meeting, but they enter this one coming off their best shooting performance of the season.

Minnesota connected on 53.2 percent of its field goals and made 13 of 25 from long range to rout Philadelphia 105-88 on Tuesday, its third win in four games. The blowout allowed the Timberwolves to limit Kevin Love to a season-low 25 minutes while he managed six points and 10 rebounds.

Love is averaging 19.4 points and 14.6 rebounds in seven games since missing the first nine recovering from an illness and a broken right hand.

"Kevin Love is one of the best rebounders of our era," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I know that's saying something early on in his career, but he is."

Rivers has seen Love's dominance of the boards up close - he's averaged 14.0 with 13.8 points while appearing in four of the past six matchups.

He should also be familiar with Josh Howard, who is looking to build on his best performance since joining Minnesota last month. The veteran swingman, playing against Boston for the first time since the 2009-10 season, had 16 points and 10 rebounds against the 76ers after averaging 5.9 and 3.0, respectively, over his first seven games.

He averaged 8.7 points with Utah last season, but needed surgery on his troublesome left knee.


Last Updated: 8/29/2014 12:32:28 AM EST


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