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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 2/8/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW YORK (31 - 16) at MINNESOTA (18 - 28)
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NEW YORK - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-16+3.426-2123-22100.950.944.7%49.195.749.445.7%49.4
Road Games12-10+1.211-1111-998.550.643.6%49.797.151.345.7%50.2
Last 5 Games4-1+24-12-3104.851.848.2%51.691.044.845.2%43.6
NEW YORK Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.950.937-8344.7%11-2938.4%16-2175.2%491120198114
vs opponents surrendering97.348.937-8244.9%7-1935.3%16-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)98.550.636-8343.6%10-2936.7%15-2077.2%501119197114
Stats Against (All Games)95.749.436-7945.7%8-2235.8%16-2176.7%491019196154
vs opponents averaging96.548.537-8244.8%7-1935.3%16-2274.8%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)97.151.336-8045.7%8-2037.4%17-2276.6%501021196134

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games18-28-10.620-2524-2295.249.443.6%
Home Games12-11-3.910-1311-1296.248.443.6%53.494.046.643.2%52.0
Last 5 Games1-4-3.81-43-299.447.647.2%47.099.449.446.2%50.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.249.436-8243.6%6-1830.2%18-2573.1%531322188155
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8345.0%7-2035.8%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)96.248.436-8243.6%6-1830.6%19-2673.0%531322188146
Stats Against (All Games)97.147.937-8146.0%7-1936.2%15-2076.0%491022238146
vs opponents averaging98.549.237-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2275.5%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)94.046.636-8343.2%6-1933.2%16-2176.1%521219238166
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 95.4,  MINNESOTA 95.8
NEW YORK - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/3/2013SAN ANTONIO100-83W1W209U39-8247.6%571228-7736.4%4413
1/5/2013@ ORLANDO114-106W-6W196O42-8847.7%48841-8548.2%5013
1/10/2013@ INDIANA76-81L5.5W184U31-8934.8%591231-7939.2%5210
1/13/2013NEW ORLEANS100-87W-7W190U35-8143.2%53933-8240.2%5313
1/24/2013@ BOSTON89-86W-1.5W189.5U32-8338.6%541031-7640.8%5212
1/26/2013@ PHILADELPHIA80-97L-4L192U28-8134.6%561638-7550.7%4411
2/6/2013@ WASHINGTON96-106L-4.5L190O34-8440.5%50942-7953.2%4410
2/8/2013@ MINNESOTA              
2/10/2013LA CLIPPERS              
2/20/2013@ INDIANA              
2/22/2013@ TORONTO              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/2/2013@ UTAH84-106L3L196U29-8434.5%501143-8749.4%5812
1/3/2013@ DENVER101-97W8.5W201U37-8344.6%641340-8646.5%467
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
1/21/2013@ ATLANTA96-104L8T184.5O36-7448.6%401741-7157.7%4422
1/25/2013@ WASHINGTON101-114L6.5L187O39-8844.3%621648-8357.8%4216
1/26/2013@ CHARLOTTE101-102L3W194O37-7748.1%441637-7350.7%4117
1/30/2013LA CLIPPERS90-96L4.5L189U33-7544.0%461335-7745.5%5915
2/1/2013LA LAKERS100-111L2.5L200.5O41-8946.1%491339-9242.4%6612
2/2/2013NEW ORLEANS115-86W-4W188.5O45-7758.4%511828-7040.0%3823
2/6/2013SAN ANTONIO94-104L4.5L199U33-8140.7%511537-8145.7%4513
2/8/2013NEW YORK              
2/10/2013@ MEMPHIS              
2/11/2013@ CLEVELAND              
2/22/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/24/2013GOLDEN STATE              
NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON will start at the point, which seems like a colossal mistake. He had his career year in New York under Mike D'Antoni, but the Knicks have gone away from the pick-and-roll system he thrived in . . . Don't be surprised if JASON KIDD is overtaking Felton in minutes played by midseason. He's limited athletically but still a heady passer . . . Resident chucker J.R. SMITH should see big minutes early before IMAN SHUMPERT steps in as the defense half of their shooting guard platoon as soon as his knee is recovered mid-season . . . RONNIE BREWER will be Smith's defensive complement while Shumpert is out . . . PABLO PRIGIONI is a game manager who provides insurance at the point. FORWARDS: This is once again CARMELO ANTHONY's team, as the Knicks will run their offense through him. It's going to be a lot of iso, and a lot of scoring opportunities for Melo . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE doesn't fit nearly as well in this system as he did in former coach Mike D'Antoni's. He ended up forcing a lot of shots a year ago, and his durability is a major question mark . . . STEVE NOVAK will continue to come off the bench strictly as a three-point shooter. He's one of the best long-range bombers in the NBA, but he's too much of a defensive liability to play more than 20 minutes per night . . . Swingman JAMES WHITE will also get some minutes at the two or three spots with his 6-foot-7 frame. . . CHRIS COPELAND had some solid years overseas, but will be lucky to break into this rotation . . . KURT THOMAS is in player/coach mode. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER is indispensible on the defensive end as long as sieves Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are also in the frontcourt . . . MARCUS CAMBY can't defendin space like Chandler can, but his ability to rebound and protect the rim will come in handy as the second unit is no better defensively than the starters . . . RASHEED WALLACE came out of retirement, but has a long way to go, especially with his lack of conditioning, before he contributes much at age 38.
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.
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*Knicks-Timberwolves Preview* =============================

New York (31-16) at Minnesota (18-28), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The New York Knicks had trouble defending a young point guard in their last game.

Now they'll be up against a passing wizard.

Ricky Rubio has totaled 25 assists in his last two games for the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves heading into Friday night's home matchup with the Knicks.

New York (31-16) had a five-game win streak snapped with Wednesday's 106-96 loss at Washington. The Knicks had trouble defending John Wall on the pick-and-roll, with the Wizards guard finishing with 21 points and nine assists.

"It all works hand in hand," coach Mike Woodson said. "Perimeter guys have to do their job, our bigs have to do their job. That's how you become a good defensive team and you win."

The Knicks now seek a split of this two-game trip and fourth straight win over Minnesota (18-28), which has numerous injured players unavailable in Kevin Love (hand), Chase Budinger (knee) and Brandon Roy (knee).

Rubio is not among them. The flashy second-year Spanish guard is not the scorer that Wall is, but he's a better passer as evidenced by how he has matched the best two-game assist total of his young career.

His passing skills haven't translated to victories, with the Timberwolves losing eight of nine. Still, the club likes what it has seen from Rubio this week in a 14-assist performance against Portland rookie Damian Lillard and an 11-assist effort versus San Antonio's Tony Parker.

"He's been playing really well lately," center Greg Stiemsma said. "His pace of the game, his playcalling, everything is elevated. It's fun to see, fun to be a part of."

Adding to Minnesota's lengthy injury list is forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is doubtful after he missed Wednesday's 104-94 loss to the Spurs with a bruised right quadriceps.

The Wolves aren't making excuses.

"We can't worry about who is not here," coach Rick Adelman said. "We have to play with the people we have."

The Knicks don't want to overlook Minnesota, which fell 94-91 in New York on Dec. 23.

"Any team can beat you in this league if you're not mentally and physically ready to play," Woodson said.

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 in the first meeting and his teams have won 15 of their last 16 games against Minnesota, including all seven visits to the Target Center - where he has not played since joining New York.

It has been more than two seasons since Amare Stoudemire last faced the Wolves on Dec. 6, 2010. Stoudemire has been finding a rhythm off the bench, averaging 18.4 points on 67.6 percent shooting over his last seven games.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler had his streak of 20-rebound games end at three after he grabbed 13 against the Wizards. Emerging Wolves center Nikola Pekovic has totaled 42 points and 30 rebounds in his last two matchups against Chandler and New York.

The Knicks are second in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 38.4 percent but went 6 for 26 (23.1) in the first meeting for their third-worst mark of the season. Minnesota is last in the league at 30.2 percent.

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