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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 3/17/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (22 - 44) at MINNESOTA (22 - 41)
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NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-44-633-3236-3094.346.645.2%48.498.048.746.7%47.7
Road Games10-24+619-1420-1495.546.145.3%47.6100.751.147.5%47.7
Last 5 Games1-4-2.61-42-394.051.845.5%47.8100.849.248.8%44.4
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.346.636-8145.2%7-1836.8%15-1977.2%481121206136
vs opponents surrendering9849.337-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)95.546.136-8045.3%7-1837.6%16-2179.7%481020216145
Stats Against (All Games)98.048.737-7946.7%8-2137.1%16-2275.2%481124188136
vs opponents averaging98.749.737-8245.3%7-2036.0%17-2375.5%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)100.751.138-7947.5%8-2137.3%17-2374.6%481125198126

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-41-12.227-3429-3494.648.943.4%51.798.048.346.4%49.9
Home Games15-16-4.114-1611-2095.048.343.0%52.893.846.643.4%52.6
Last 5 Games1-4+22-31-492.651.444.6%46.2101.849.046.6%53.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.648.935-8243.4%5-1829.8%18-2573.0%521222198145
vs opponents surrendering98.549.637-8245.1%7-2036.0%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)95.048.335-8243.0%5-1829.7%19-2672.5%531222189145
Stats Against (All Games)98.048.338-8146.4%7-1936.4%16-2175.6%501122238156
vs opponents averaging99.249.737-8245.6%7-2136.3%17-2275.6%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)93.846.636-8243.4%6-1932.7%16-2176.8%531220238166
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 96,  MINNESOTA 96.2
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/8/2013@ ATLANTA111-100W5W192.5O45-8652.3%501335-7447.3%4217
2/10/2013@ TORONTO89-102L3.5L192U34-6949.3%411740-7851.3%4511
2/11/2013@ DETROIT105-86W6.5W193.5U41-8349.4%551429-8135.8%5013
2/20/2013@ CLEVELAND100-105L3.5L196.5O37-7648.7%451338-7749.4%468
2/27/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY74-119L15L204.5U27-7735.1%361242-7655.3%5310
3/6/2013LA LAKERS102-108L2L204O38-8843.2%591738-7848.7%4211
3/9/2013@ MEMPHIS85-96L7L183U34-7943.0%481238-8146.9%4610
3/12/2013@ BROOKLYN98-108L6L184O40-7851.3%351340-8050.0%539
3/15/2013@ WASHINGTON87-96L3.5L186.5U35-8043.7%471136-7250.0%4312
3/17/2013@ MINNESOTA              
3/18/2013GOLDEN STATE              
3/27/2013LA CLIPPERS              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ DENVER88-111L15.5L210.5U35-8441.7%472242-7853.8%4819
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@ HOUSTON100-108L14.5W211U39-8148.1%401336-7448.6%5018
3/17/2013NEW ORLEANS              
3/18/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/21/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
3/22/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/26/2013@ DETROIT              
3/27/2013LA LAKERS              
3/29/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
NEW ORLEANS: GUARDS: This offense will belong to ERIC GORDON. He'll get over the fact that the Hornets matched his offer from Phoenix, and as long as his surgically-repaired knee holds up, he's one of the most complete young scorers in the NBA . . . The Hornets reached for AUSTIN RIVERS with the 10th pick because Monty Williams wants to coach him and thinks he can be an NBA point guard. Rivers has the handle, but his athleticism is ordinary and, more importantly, he has never shown a PG mentality at any level . . . GREIVIS VASQUEZ is the closest thing to a true point guard on this roster. He'll see solid minutes assuming Rivers' adjustment is a tough one . . . Well-rounded ROGER MASON JR. will also provide point guard depth . . . XAVIER HENRY hasn't lived up to his reputation as a shooter, but the Hornets can be patient with him . . . Rookie BRIAN ROBERTS has had a strong enough preseason to likely earn a roster spot. FORWARDS: ANTHONY DAVIS should step right in as a starter. His offensive game is further along than he gets credit for, and on the defensive end he's an absolute force from the basket out to the perimeter . . . He'll probably miss having Dwight Howard drawing in defenses, but RYAN ANDERSON has always been a very good three-point shooter. He and Davis are unique enough talents to share the court even if they're both power forwards . . . AL-FAROUQ AMINU made some strides on the defensive end late last season, which is what will get him minutes under Williams. He's underwhelming on the offensive end . . . If HAKIM WARRICK couldn't succeed as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, it seems unlikely he'll ever help in New Orleans . . . Rookie DARIUS MILLER is looking to establish some kind of role with the team . . . LANCE THOMAS is doubtful to earn a salary to pay off his jewelry debts. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ has always had the ability to protect the rim and does a decent job in space. Look for him to end up grabbing the bulk of minutes in the middle . . . JASON SMITH gives the Hornets a more offensive-minded option off the bench.
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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*Hornets-Timberwolves Preview* ==============================


New Orleans (22-44) at Minnesota (22-41), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't earned too many wins over the past couple of months but they recorded a lopsided victory during a visit from the New Orleans Hornets in February.

The Timberwolves will try to prevail again in the rematch between the two struggling clubs Sunday night at the Target Center.

Minnesota (22-41) is 6-26 since Jan. 9 but hardly looked like a lowly club when facing New Orleans (22-44) on Feb. 2. The Timberwolves led by 19 after one quarter and 27 at halftime en route to a 115-86 victory.

Minnesota, though, enters this game against New Orleans even more injury plagued. Kevin Love and Chase Budinger were among those that missed the previous matchup but Andrei Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic have also had extended absences lately.

Kirilenko and Pekovic were among the five Timberwolves in double figures in last month's victory, and Dante Cunningham had a team-best 18 points on a franchise-best 9-of-9 shooting. Pekovic, who has a strained abdominal, has averaged a team-best 21.0 points in this season's three matchups with the Hornets and had a career-high 31 in a 113-102 victory in New Orleans on Dec. 14.

Despite being short-handed, the Timberwolves led by 20 points early in the third quarter Friday in Houston but went on to lose 108-100. Derrick Williams scored 19 points to extend his career-best streak of consecutive double-digit performances to 11 games, and J.J. Barea also had 19.

"When you're playing nine guys ... you're just trying to survive," coach Rick Adelman said.

Minnesota did better than just get by in its most recent home game, routing Western Conference-leading San Antonio 107-83 on Tuesday. It has won two of three at the Target Center.

New Orleans, meanwhile, is on the verge of matching its longest road losing streak of the season after falling 96-87 in Washington on Friday.

"We as a team didn't play well. We didn't make shots like we should have. It seemed to be more of a team flow issue," said guard Eric Gordon, who scored a team-best 20. "We as a team were not in sync ... We just have to buckle down."

The Hornets haven't dropped six straight road games since Dec. 8-21, and head into Minnesota having lost 10 of 13 overall. Before last month's loss at the Target Center, New Orleans had won in nine of its previous 11 visits.

Gordon missed the last game against the Timberwolves because of his nagging knee problems but enters this one having scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games. The oft-injured guard hasn't played in Minnesota since he had 30 points in a loss for the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 17, 2010.

Gordon had 16 points while Greivis Vasquez registered 18 points and 13 assists in a 104-92 home victory over Minnesota on Jan. 11.

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