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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



MINNESOTA (21 - 37) at DENVER (41 - 22)
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Saturday, 3/9/2013 9:05 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-37-14.225-3128-3094.848.743.3%52.297.648.246.4%49.6
Road Games7-22-8.212-1617-1294.449.143.7%51.3101.349.849.2%46.8
Last 5 Games1-4-32-32-387.843.039.3%50.297.649.647.6%57.2
Division Games3-9-5.62-107-596.547.841.6%52.5103.849.348.5%51.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.848.735-8243.3%5-1829.6%19-2673.2%521322188145
vs opponents surrendering98.649.637-8245.2%7-2036.0%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)94.449.135-8143.7%5-1830.1%18-2573.2%511322198155
Stats Against (All Games)97.648.238-8146.4%7-1936.3%15-2175.5%501122238156
vs opponents averaging98.949.637-8245.4%7-2036.2%17-2275.7%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)101.349.840-8149.2%8-1940.2%14-1974.4%471025228146

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-22+738-2537-25105.852.647.7%54.6101.651.844.5%51.5
Home Games27-3+14.421-915-14108.753.548.4%54.898.750.144.6%50.5
Last 5 Games5-0+54-12-3109.454.251.9%51.8101.049.243.3%49.6
Division Games7-5-2.47-57-5105.250.847.1%55.8103.551.242.8%53.9
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.852.641-8547.7%7-1934.4%18-2669.0%551325219157
vs opponents surrendering98.249.337-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)108.753.542-8648.4%7-1935.9%19-2769.8%5513262110147
Stats Against (All Games)101.651.838-8544.5%8-2336.7%17-2373.7%511223228157
vs opponents averaging98.449.437-8245.2%7-2036.1%17-2375.6%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.750.138-8444.6%8-2234.6%16-2271.8%501122227167
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96,  DENVER 95.3
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 YORK94-100L6T196U37-8046.2%49938-8146.9%498
2/10/2013@ MEMPHIS88-105L8.5L183O34-6949.3%431941-7951.9%4413
2/11/2013@ CLEVELAND100-92W7.5W205U39-7552.0%412040-7950.6%4120
2/22/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY111-127L14L205O41-8548.2%361048-8357.8%4917
2/24/2013GOLDEN STATE99-100L2W205.5U37-8543.5%481737-8145.7%5522
2/26/2013@ PHOENIX83-84L1.5W197.5U31-9034.4%661637-9140.7%6520
2/28/2013@ LA LAKERS94-116L10L206O37-8145.7%391244-8353.0%5514
3/2/2013@ PORTLAND94-109L8L197.5O34-8739.1%56844-9048.9%6213
3/9/2013@ DENVER              
3/12/2013SAN ANTONIO              
3/13/2013@ INDIANA              
3/15/2013@ HOUSTON              
3/17/2013NEW ORLEANS              
3/18/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/21/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
3/22/2013@ PHOENIX              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/1/2013NEW ORLEANS113-98W-7.5W205O44-8452.4%38838-7252.8%4321
2/9/2013@ CLEVELAND111-103W-5.5W216U40-8050.0%552037-8444.0%4715
2/10/2013@ BOSTON114-118L2L206.5O48-11342.5%762143-10839.8%6616
2/12/2013@ TORONTO108-109L1.5W206.5O44-8551.8%501839-8347.0%4317
2/13/2013@ BROOKLYN108-119L3L196O42-7953.2%421441-7554.7%4813
2/22/2013@ WASHINGTON113-119L-3L203.5O39-8148.1%451142-8847.7%5818
2/23/2013@ CHARLOTTE113-99W-10W208.5O44-8353.0%451737-8245.1%5018
2/25/2013LA LAKERS119-108W-6.5W216O49-8855.7%53943-7855.1%4915
2/27/2013@ PORTLAND111-109W-2.5L212O45-8751.7%571538-8544.7%4919
3/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY105-103W2W219U43-9545.3%541436-8343.4%6019
3/5/2013@ SACRAMENTO120-113W-4.5W224.5O46-8554.1%491239-8545.9%5317
3/7/2013LA CLIPPERS107-92W-4W214.5U43-7755.8%451136-8542.4%4311
3/11/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/13/2013NEW YORK              
3/18/2013@ CHICAGO              
3/19/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/25/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
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.
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.
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*Timberwolves-Nuggets Preview* ==============================


Minnesota (21-37) at Denver (41-22), 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Denver Nuggets are on the verge of securing their longest single-season home win streak in 24 years, and a matchup with a last-place opponent would appear to provide just the opportunity to accomplish that feat.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, though, are one of the few teams to win in Denver this season and will seek another victory there Saturday night while trying to record their first win streak in three months.

Denver (41-22) hasn't won 13 straight at home in one season since a 19-game run Jan. 28-April 20, 1989. It moved a step closer with its seventh consecutive overall victory Thursday, 107-92 over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ty Lawson, averaging 23.6 points in his last 12 games, led seven players in double figures with 21, and Danilo Gallinari had 20 as the Nuggets improved to 27-3 on their own floor.

The Nuggets' surge has put them within striking distance of fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. Coach George Karl, though, wants his team to keep a simple focus.

"We've got to stay focused on (19) games of pretty serious playoff intensity and not get hung up on a loss or a winning streak," Karl told the team's official website. "We need to get hung up on getting better. Wherever we fall, if it's third, fourth, fifth, or sixth ... just know we fought the 82-game marathon, ran that as hard as we could and got better as it went on."

Karl would first probably like to see an improved performance from his team when facing Minnesota. After losing 101-94 at home Nov. 21, The Timberwolves have won the past two meetings, including 101-97 in Denver on Jan. 3. Before that win, the Timberwolves had dropped five in a row and 14 of 18 at the Pepsi Center.

J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter after Kevin Love was forced to the bench with an injury. That turned out to be another fracture in his right hand, which has since kept Love off the court.

With its star forward missing, Minnesota (21-37) has dropped 12 of 13 on the road and 23 of 29 overall, but it snapped a six-game skid with an 87-82 home win over Washington on Wednesday. Barea had 10 of his 12 points in the final period, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and a career high-tying six steals.

"They have just been slapped around so much," coach Rick Adelman said. "I think you get to a point where you keep saying the same things, you keep talking about the same things. But you need to get a win."

Minnesota hasn't won back-to-back games since taking a season-high four straight Dec. 7-15, which included a 108-105 home victory over Denver.

The Timberwolves likely won't have Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) and Andrei Kirilenko (strained left calf) available for this game. Pekovic had a team-best 22 points and 11 rebounds in December's meeting and Kirilenko scored 18.

Derrick Williams is averaging 20.5 points in his last six games, but he's scored a combined 18 on 6-of-18 shooting in his last three matchups with the Nuggets after tying his career high with 27 points April 11 in Denver.

Gallinari is averaging a team-best 18.3 points on 54.3 percent shooting against Minnesota this season.

Last Updated: 4/25/2018 5:15:24 AM EST

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