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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 1/19/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON
 
MINNESOTA
-5.5  

+5.5  
-220

+180

202.5
 
79
Final
92

HOUSTON (21 - 20) at MINNESOTA (16 - 20)
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Saturday, 1/19/2013 8:05 PM
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509HOUSTON-3-3.5
510MINNESOTA204204
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-20+0.321-1924-17105.152.545.7%51.9103.752.345.9%51.1
Road Games7-13-3.38-1111-9101.250.344.7%52.1104.052.546.1%50.9
Last 5 Games0-5-5.80-53-299.050.043.6%51.8107.456.047.7%51.4
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)105.152.538-8345.7%10-2835.7%19-2575.2%521123199164
vs opponents surrendering96.948.537-8244.6%7-2035.3%17-2275.4%511121208145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.250.337-8344.7%10-2834.2%17-2473.9%521122209173
Stats Against (All Games)103.752.340-8745.9%8-2237.6%16-2077.2%511123209156
vs opponents averaging97.748.937-8245.0%7-2036.1%17-2275.6%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)104.052.539-8646.1%8-2235.1%17-2278.9%511123209146

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-20-4.617-1918-1894.749.642.7%54.696.747.645.7%48.6
Home Games10-6-0.98-88-896.349.442.2%56.493.545.843.0%52.2
Last 5 Games0-5-50-52-387.845.240.1%47.2103.848.852.3%47.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)94.749.635-8242.7%6-1929.4%19-2673.6%551422188155
vs opponents surrendering98.249.237-8344.7%7-2135.6%17-2375.5%511222208145
Team Stats (Home Games)96.349.435-8442.2%6-1930.1%20-2773.1%561422178147
Stats Against (All Games)96.747.637-8245.7%7-1935.9%15-1976.4%491022238146
vs opponents averaging98.449.137-8245.1%7-2035.8%17-2276.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)93.545.836-8443.0%6-1933.3%15-2075.9%521119248156
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 97.4,  MINNESOTA 96.1
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
12/10/2012SAN ANTONIO126-134L7L212O41-9742.3%521448-9252.2%5819
12/12/2012WASHINGTON99-93W-10.5L205.5U34-7644.7%551835-8939.3%5313
12/14/2012BOSTON101-89W-2.5W206.5U37-7648.7%531734-8540.0%4712
12/16/2012@ TORONTO96-103L-4.5L200U32-7841.0%531239-8545.9%497
12/17/2012@ NEW YORK109-96W7.5W209.5U40-7851.3%501739-9043.3%5117
12/19/2012PHILADELPHIA125-103W-8W199O42-7556.0%491040-8944.9%4611
12/22/2012MEMPHIS121-96W-1.5W196O44-8253.7%431542-7953.2%4119
12/25/2012@ CHICAGO120-97W5W197.5O46-8256.1%491037-8344.6%4011
12/26/2012@ MINNESOTA87-84W5.5W210.5U33-8140.7%551632-8438.1%5214
12/28/2012@ SAN ANTONIO116-122L8.5W213.5O45-8652.3%492444-7757.1%3819
12/29/2012OKLAHOMA CITY94-124L4.5L212.5O33-8339.8%452445-9447.9%6321
12/31/2012ATLANTA123-104W-4.5W206O45-8453.6%49943-9047.8%4314
1/2/2013NEW ORLEANS104-92W-10W202.5U41-8349.4%541138-9042.2%5510
1/4/2013@ MILWAUKEE115-101W0W214O45-8354.2%401939-8744.8%5925
1/5/2013@ CLEVELAND112-104W-6W213O37-7946.8%561736-9139.6%5413
1/8/2013LA LAKERS125-112W-8.5W223.5O48-8755.2%501843-9147.3%4316
1/9/2013@ NEW ORLEANS79-88L-2L200.5U30-7540.0%472235-8441.7%5316
1/11/2013@ BOSTON91-103L3L201.5U35-8043.7%521441-7951.9%5216
1/12/2013@ PHILADELPHIA100-107L1L204O37-8444.0%501643-8749.4%4911
1/15/2013LA CLIPPERS109-117L-4L206.5O41-8250.0%481542-7853.8%4416
1/16/2013@ DALLAS100-105L4L214.5U33-8439.3%621633-8638.4%5810
1/18/2013@ INDIANA95-105L4.5L195O34-8341.0%471840-8746.0%5413
1/19/2013@ MINNESOTA              
1/21/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
1/23/2013DENVER              
1/25/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
1/26/2013BROOKLYN              
1/28/2013@ UTAH              
1/30/2013@ DENVER              
2/2/2013CHARLOTTE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
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
12/29/2012PHOENIX111-107W-8.5L194.5O45-8950.6%601045-9746.4%554
1/2/2013@ UTAH84-106L3L196U29-8434.5%501143-8749.4%5812
1/3/2013@ DENVER101-97W8.5W201U37-8344.6%641340-8646.5%467
1/5/2013PORTLAND97-102L-6.5L189.5O38-9141.8%601337-8643.0%4513
1/8/2013ATLANTA108-103W-1W188.5O40-8746.0%49938-7749.4%4715
1/9/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY84-106L13L202U31-7243.1%431936-7647.4%4712
1/11/2013@ NEW ORLEANS92-104L3L181.5O31-6944.9%401444-8452.4%4612
1/13/2013@ SAN ANTONIO88-106L12.5L199U33-8937.1%471345-8056.2%5217
1/14/2013@ DALLAS98-113L7.5L195.5O35-8541.2%531546-7759.7%369
1/17/2013LA CLIPPERS77-90L5L193U30-8435.7%531435-7745.5%5818
1/19/2013HOUSTON              
1/21/2013@ ATLANTA              
1/23/2013BROOKLYN              
1/25/2013@ WASHINGTON              
1/26/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
1/30/2013LA CLIPPERS              
2/1/2013LA LAKERS              
2/2/2013NEW ORLEANS              
2/4/2013PORTLAND              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
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 (HOUSTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Rockets-Timberwolves Preview* ==============================

By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer

Houston (21-19) at Minnesota (16-20), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Struggling through their second lengthy stretch without injured star Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves on the verge of their longest losing streak of the season.

Things aren't about to get any easier with Nikola Pekovic sidelined for at least a week.

The injury-plagued Timberwolves try to avoid a sixth consecutive loss Saturday night against a visiting Houston Rockets team mired in a brutal skid of its own.

Love, who sat out the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season due to a broken right hand, has missed the last seven games after suffering the same injury in a 101-97 win at Denver on Jan. 3, and remains out indefinitely.

Minnesota (16-20) has since gone 1-6, dropping its last five games by an average of 16.0 points. The Timberwolves suffered another big blow Thursday, losing Pekovic to a badly bruised right quadriceps in a 90-77 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers. The formidable big man is averaging 16.0 points and 8.6 rebounds and will miss the next seven to 10 days.

Alexey Shved, who averages 10.7 points, also left Thursday's matchup with an ankle injury.

"We've had a very difficult run of bad luck," team president David Kahn said. "However, as I said to the players, there is still in that circle of players that are available, a lot of talent.

"So I don't think this is a time for us to feel sorry for ourselves. Or to panic, or begin to do anything but simply play better, smarter, more together and try to win some games."

Besides Love, Pekovic and Shved, the Timberwolves are also dealing with injuries to Chase Budinger (knee), Brandon Roy (knee), Josh Howard (knee) and Malcolm Lee (hip). Terry Porter, who's been filling in while coach Rick Adelman tends to his hospitalized wife, only had seven healthy players for Friday's practice.

On a positive note, Ricky Rubio appears to be getting closer to full strength after returning from a torn ACL on Dec. 15. The Barcelona native, though, is averaging just 3.8 points and 4.7 assists over 11 games while shooting 22.2 percent. He went 2 for 9 from the field and finished with four points and six assists in his first start of the season against the Clippers.

"It's tough when you're playing, and there's no more bodies over there," Rubio said. "You have to remain doing new things every single game, and we can't get the rhythm. But that's no excuse. We are professionals. I think that players that are healthy have to step up and start doing a better job."

The Rockets (21-20) are also hoping to pick up the pace after averaging 95.7 points - 9.4 less than their season mark - over a six-game slide. Houston, which hasn't dropped seven straight since Jan. 6-18, 2006, saw its woes continue Friday in a 105-95 loss at Indiana.

The Rockets were outscored 31-18 in the first quarter and finished with 18 turnovers.

"We can get things going for a while but we have a period where we struggle," coach Kevin McHale said. "And we're constantly going through a period in the first half where we have a slew of turnovers and then it's a battle to get back and fight and get over the hump."

Omer Asik had a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds but James Harden was limited to 17 points - snapping his career-best 22-game streak of scoring at least 20. Harden has gone a combined 10 for 42 (23.8 percent) from the field in his last two games.

While the Rockets have taken 16 of 20 from the Timberwolves, they had dropped three straight in this series before pulling out an 87-84 road win Dec. 26 behind 30 points from Harden.


Last Updated: 9/30/2014 7:02:44 PM EST


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