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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/15/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
HOUSTON
+14.5  

-14.5  


211
 
100
Final
108

MINNESOTA (22 - 40) at HOUSTON (35 - 30)
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Friday, 3/15/2013 8:05 PM
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809MINNESOTA209.5209.5
810HOUSTON-14.5-14
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-40-12.226-3429-3394.548.843.3%51.997.848.446.4%49.9
Road Games7-24-8.212-1818-1394.149.343.6%50.9101.850.249.4%47.2
Last 5 Games2-3+32-31-490.049.643.2%47.096.649.845.9%53.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)94.548.835-8243.3%5-1829.9%18-2572.9%521222198155
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)94.149.335-8143.6%5-1830.1%18-2473.3%511322198155
Stats Against (All Games)97.848.438-8146.4%7-1936.5%15-2075.5%501122238156
vs opponents averaging9949.737-8245.5%7-2036.3%17-2275.6%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)101.850.240-8149.4%8-1940.4%15-2074.1%471025228146

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games35-30-3.235-2935-30106.953.646.5%51.7103.352.746.0%49.8
Home Games21-9+4.920-1018-12111.456.248.0%52.1103.552.645.9%49.4
Last 5 Games3-2-13-22-3110.854.846.7%52.498.252.845.3%49.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)106.953.638-8346.5%11-2937.4%19-2575.2%521123209164
vs opponents surrendering9849.237-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2275.1%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.456.240-8448.0%11-2838.9%20-2775.9%521025199154
Stats Against (All Games)103.352.739-8546.0%8-2237.5%17-2277.0%501123208156
vs opponents averaging98.349.437-8245.3%7-2036.0%17-2275.5%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.552.640-8645.9%9-2339.1%15-2076.2%491022208156
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.2,  HOUSTON 96.1
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/4/2013PORTLAND98-100L-4L192.5O40-8547.1%381241-7058.6%4528
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
2/13/2013UTAH93-97L-2L193U29-8534.1%581038-8743.7%6114
2/20/2013PHILADELPHIA94-87W-3.5W186U28-7040.0%621531-8138.3%5210
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
3/4/2013MIAMI81-97L9.5L196.5U33-8837.5%461838-7451.4%5323
3/6/2013WASHINGTON87-82W2W188U31-7640.8%441429-6544.6%5124
3/9/2013@ DENVER88-111L15.5L210.5U35-8441.7%472242-7853.8%4819
3/10/2013DALLAS77-100L7L199.5U32-8836.4%45942-9245.7%6612
3/12/2013SAN ANTONIO107-83W8.5W196U44-8253.7%561629-8235.4%4816
3/13/2013@ INDIANA91-107L15L184.5O35-8043.7%431241-8250.0%5612
3/15/2013@ HOUSTON              
3/17/2013NEW ORLEANS              
3/18/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/21/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
3/22/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/24/2013CHICAGO              
3/26/2013@ DETROIT              
3/27/2013LA LAKERS              
3/29/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/30/2013MEMPHIS              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/5/2013GOLDEN STATE140-109W-2.5W217O46-9150.5%59841-8647.7%4712
2/6/2013@ MIAMI108-114L7.5W206.5O39-8048.7%471640-8248.8%4410
2/8/2013PORTLAND118-103W-7.5W211O47-7959.5%441040-8845.5%4511
2/10/2013@ SACRAMENTO111-117L-6.5L218.5O44-8949.4%501540-8746.0%4713
2/12/2013@ GOLDEN STATE116-107W4W217O43-9147.3%531138-8445.2%5413
2/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS96-106L11W208U36-8243.9%502137-7549.3%4418
2/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY122-119W3W220.5O44-9247.8%451842-8748.3%5522
2/22/2013@ BROOKLYN106-96W-1.5W207.5U41-7753.2%471640-9144.0%4913
2/23/2013@ WASHINGTON103-105L-1.5L211U38-8445.2%471641-8051.2%4713
2/27/2013MILWAUKEE107-110L-9L220U42-8947.2%581743-8948.3%4917
3/1/2013@ ORLANDO118-110W-9L212.5O42-7754.5%401244-7856.4%4114
3/3/2013DALLAS136-103W-5.5W219O46-8057.5%531338-8047.5%4218
3/6/2013@ DALLAS108-112L1.5L221U35-7844.9%501245-8354.2%4111
3/8/2013@ GOLDEN STATE94-88W2W223U27-7436.5%541233-8737.9%6316
3/9/2013@ PHOENIX105-107L-7L210.5O37-8643.0%471937-8245.1%6716
3/13/2013PHOENIX111-81W-12W212.5U39-7651.3%582234-8142.0%3620
3/15/2013MINNESOTA              
3/17/2013GOLDEN STATE              
3/20/2013UTAH              
3/22/2013CLEVELAND              
3/24/2013SAN ANTONIO              
3/27/2013INDIANA              
3/29/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/30/2013LA CLIPPERS              
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.
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.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer

Minnesota (22-40) at Houston (35-30), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Houston Rockets didn't have too many problems in the opener to their longest homestand of the season. The injury-plagued and last-place Minnesota Timberwolves are set to visit next, though they've dominated the recent series between the clubs.

The Rockets try to avoid a fifth loss in six matchups and fourth in a row at home to the Timberwolves on Friday night.

Houston (35-30) followed up a 1-2 road trip with a 111-81 rout of Phoenix on Wednesday. Rookie forward Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead six Rockets in double figures and the team's 10 3-pointers gave them double digits in all six games this month.

"We were moving the ball, sharing the ball," point guard Jeremy Lin said. "You could look across (the statistics) and see we had great distribution among the scoring. That's usually a great sign of transition buckets, as well as sharing the ball offensively."

The win helped the Rockets, seventh in the Western Conference, move two games ahead of ninth-place Utah. Houston will try to pad that advantage during a seven-game stretch at home, where it's won seven of eight.

The Rockets' next opponent has dropped 14 of 15 on the road and is 6-25 there overall. Minnesota, however, has looked anything like a bad team in its recent matchups with Houston.

The Timberwolves recorded a 92-79 home victory over the Rockets on Jan. 19 despite the absence of seven players due to injury and illness. Minnesota's leader with 21 points in that game, Andrei Kirilenko, is dealing with a strained calf it's uncertain whether he'll play Friday.

The status of center Nikola Pekovic is also unclear while star forward Kevin Love and former Rockets swingman Chase Budinger are also expected to continue lengthy absences.

Pekovic had 30 points and 12 rebounds in the teams' last meeting in Houston, a 111-98 Wolves victory Feb. 17, 2012. Minnesota has averaged 114.3 points in its three consecutive victories at Houston.

After a stunning 107-83 blowout of Western Conference-leading San Antonio on Tuesday, Minnesota couldn't follow with another victory the next day, falling 107-91 at Indiana. Ricky Rubio scored 21 points for the second straight game, matching a season high, and had 10 assists.

"We played hard. We just didn't have enough. We ran out of gas in the second half, but they competed," coach Rick Adelman said.

Houston's James Harden made two baskets in the final 40 seconds and had 17 of his team-best 30 points in the fourth quarter of an 87-84 road victory over Minnesota on Dec. 26.

Harden made 11 of 22 shots in that game, but missed 13 of 18 and scored 18 points in the January matchup.


Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:36:07 PM EST


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