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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/29/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
PHOENIX
 
MINNESOTA
+8.5  

-8.5  
+300

-400

194.5
 
107
Final
111

PHOENIX (11 - 19) at MINNESOTA (13 - 13)
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Saturday, 12/29/2012 8:05 PM
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513PHOENIX197195.5
514MINNESOTA-9-9
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-19-8.512-1714-1597.149.444.8%48.1100.751.146.9%52.8
Road Games2-12-10.16-78-695.649.444.5%47.8105.851.647.3%54.2
Last 5 Games1-4-3.23-22-395.849.645.8%44.099.852.047.3%53.0
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)97.149.438-8544.8%6-1934.3%15-1975.3%481122208135
vs opponents surrendering97.549.136-8244.7%7-2035.7%17-2375.6%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)95.649.438-8444.5%6-1833.2%14-1974.3%481122228144
Stats Against (All Games)100.751.138-8246.9%7-1740.8%17-2374.2%531222197155
vs opponents averaging97.348.537-8244.5%7-2036.1%17-2275.4%511221208145
Stats Against (Road Games)105.851.639-8347.3%8-1942.6%19-2575.3%541224187145

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games13-13-0.915-1113-1395.050.143.0%55.694.146.944.2%48.5
Home Games8-4+0.87-55-795.748.541.7%56.791.244.441.9%52.5
Last 5 Games1-4-4.92-31-491.853.041.2%55.695.847.045.2%46.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)95.050.135-8243.0%6-2029.9%19-2573.0%561422188156
vs opponents surrendering98.249.137-8244.5%7-2135.5%17-2375.6%511222208145
Team Stats (Home Games)95.748.534-8241.7%6-1929.5%21-2973.3%571421179157
Stats Against (All Games)94.146.936-8244.2%7-1934.1%15-2076.3%481020238146
vs opponents averaging97.748.837-8244.8%7-2035.8%17-2276.2%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)91.244.435-8441.9%5-1829.9%15-1976.9%521218258166
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 94.4,  MINNESOTA 95
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
11/21/2012PORTLAND114-87W-2.5W201P46-7759.7%401331-7740.3%4620
11/23/2012NEW ORLEANS111-108W-5.5L195.5O44-9048.9%421040-7851.3%5218
11/25/2012@ PHILADELPHIA101-104L4W194.5O39-8347.0%501239-8148.1%438
11/27/2012@ CLEVELAND91-78W-3W200U37-7946.8%481530-8435.7%6118
11/28/2012@ DETROIT77-117L3L198U28-8234.1%501940-7652.6%5512
11/30/2012@ TORONTO97-101L3L199.5U37-7748.1%411439-8148.1%5013
12/2/2012@ NEW YORK99-106L11.5W200O39-8048.7%521740-9044.4%487
12/4/2012@ MEMPHIS98-108L10T196O38-8246.3%391640-8547.1%6319
12/6/2012DALLAS94-97L-4L204.5U34-8540.0%521237-7847.4%5216
12/8/2012@ LA CLIPPERS99-117L10.5L200O36-7846.2%472048-9351.6%5211
12/9/2012ORLANDO90-98L-4.5L198U36-7846.2%361240-7751.9%5318
12/12/2012MEMPHIS82-80W6.5W194U34-8938.2%501133-7345.2%4715
12/14/2012UTAH99-84W2W202.5U38-8345.8%491233-8240.2%5615
12/17/2012SACRAMENTO101-90W-7W197U41-8548.2%44734-8341.0%5816
12/19/2012CHARLOTTE121-104W-9W198.5O47-8555.3%361140-8646.5%5315
12/22/2012@ PORTLAND93-96L4.5W196U40-8944.9%401033-6947.8%5321
12/23/2012LA CLIPPERS77-103L6.5L195.5U29-8036.2%501438-7153.5%5516
12/26/2012NEW YORK97-99L-2L195O38-8345.8%501340-8845.5%5011
12/28/2012@ INDIANA91-97L8W188.5U38-8246.3%441134-7744.2%5415
12/29/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/31/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/2/2013PHILADELPHIA              
1/4/2013UTAH              
1/6/2013MEMPHIS              
1/8/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
1/9/2013@ BOSTON              
1/11/2013@ BROOKLYN              
1/12/2013@ CHICAGO              
1/14/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
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@ BOSTON94-104L5.5L193O37-8444.0%511341-7852.6%5716
12/7/2012CLEVELAND91-73W-8.5W191U30-7042.9%592130-8734.5%4918
12/12/2012DENVER108-105W-4L199.5O38-8743.7%541342-8350.6%5319
12/14/2012@ NEW ORLEANS113-102W-4.5W184O47-8853.4%511242-7853.8%3414
12/15/2012DALLAS114-106W-4.5W195.5O41-9443.6%601639-8446.4%4819
12/17/2012@ ORLANDO93-102L-4L192O39-9640.6%521744-8253.7%4717
12/18/2012@ MIAMI92-103L8L200U37-8643.0%661936-7746.8%348
12/20/2012OKLAHOMA CITY99-93W2W200.5U37-8444.0%561533-8240.2%5116
12/23/2012@ NEW YORK91-94L8W201U34-8440.5%521632-7244.4%4414
12/26/2012HOUSTON84-87L-5.5L210.5U32-8438.1%521433-8140.7%5516
12/29/2012PHOENIX              
1/2/2013@ UTAH              
1/3/2013@ DENVER              
1/5/2013PORTLAND              
1/8/2013ATLANTA              
1/9/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/11/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
1/13/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
1/14/2013@ DALLAS              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
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 (PHOENIX-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Suns-Timberwolves Preview* ===========================

By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer

Phoenix (11-18) at Minnesota (13-13), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Things were supposed to be easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves with the return of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. But with Love trying to find his shot and Rubio still playing limited minutes, the team is struggling.

A home game Saturday night against the sputtering Phoenix Suns would seem to be a good chance to get back on track, but the Timberwolves have lost 10 of 11 in the series and the last six played in Minneapolis.

Minnesota (13-13) has lost four of five and badly needs Love to right himself. Love, who missed the season's first nine games with a broken right hand, actually shot better from 3-point range last season (37.2) than he is currently shooting from the field (35.5). He is also hitting only 22.5 percent of his shots from long distance this year.

The two-time All-Star played one of his worst games Wednesday as Minnesota suffered an 87-84 home loss to Houston. Love scored seven points on 3-of-14 shooting, missed all seven shots from beyond the arc and matched a season worst with five turnovers. It was the fourth time in six games he shot less than 30.0 percent.

"It's just something he's going to work through and play through," coach Rick Adelman told the team's official website. "You know, he's really important in the way we play. He's making shots that open things up for everybody, especially (Nikola Pekovic) inside, so it's just something he's got to work through."

Love isn't too concerned with his cold spell.

"People are meant to get out of slumps," he said.

Wednesday's game also marked the sixth time the Timberwolves have lost a contest in which they led entering the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 14 in the third but shot 35.3 percent in the final frame while committing five turnovers. Love hasn't helped matters in fourth quarters, averaging 3.4 points and shooting 30.4 percent.

"I think every game we've played, we've been in, and we've had a chance," Adelman said. "But we have to learn how to finish games some time."

Rubio has played in five games since returning from a torn ACL suffered last season and is averaging 4.2 points and 4.0 assists in 18 minutes as he re-adjusts. Adelman said he is currently limited to 24 minutes a game.

The Suns (11-19) have lost four in a row and seven straight road games with Friday's 97-91 setback at Indiana. Phoenix's already middle-of-the-road offense (97.1 ppg) has struggled of late, averaging 89.5 points and hitting 25.4 percent of its 3-point shots during the losing streak. It is also dealing with its own fourth-quarter issues, averaging 19.0 in the final period.

"It's becoming a similar theme every night," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "We start out great and then we get down and we have to fight all the way back."

Point guard Goran Dragic - leading the team in scoring (14.1) and assists (6.2) - is questionable after sitting out Friday with a bruised hip, back and wrist he sustained Wednesday against New York. Sebastian Telfair started in his place, scoring a season-high 19 points with six assists.

Saturday will mark forward Michael Beasley's first game against his former team after Minnesota declined to make him a qualifying offer in the offseason. He averaged a career-high 19.2 points for the Timberwolves two years ago but flamed out last season, playing a career-worst 23.1 minutes.

Beasley's tenure with Phoenix hasn't started much better, as he's averaging career lows in points (10.5), rebounds (3.7) and shooting percentage (37.8).


Last Updated: 10/21/2014 6:40:26 PM EST


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