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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/22/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (23 - 43) at PHOENIX (23 - 46)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-43-13.229-3530-3694.548.943.4%51.597.948.346.5%49.9
Road Games7-27-10.214-1918-1693.949.443.4%50.8101.649.849.5%47.4
Last 5 Games1-4-13-22-392.651.444.0%44.6100.650.249.2%51.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.548.935-8243.4%5-1829.3%18-2573.1%511222198145
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.2%7-2035.9%17-2275.5%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)93.949.436-8243.4%5-1828.9%17-2473.7%511322198155
Stats Against (All Games)97.948.338-8146.5%7-1936.4%15-2075.6%501122238156
vs opponents averaging9949.637-8245.5%7-2036.3%17-2275.7%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)101.649.840-8049.5%8-1939.7%15-2074.5%471025228146

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-46-15.326-4131-3694.448.844.1%50.0100.451.346.7%51.6
Home Games16-18+0.412-229-2493.147.143.1%51.095.449.345.5%51.9
Last 5 Games1-4-2.61-42-391.648.443.3%50.6101.856.846.6%51.0
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.448.837-8444.1%6-1732.4%15-2074.0%501222218155
vs opponents surrendering98.149.237-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.147.136-8443.1%6-1833.7%15-2073.2%511221209155
Stats Against (All Games)100.451.338-8246.7%7-1839.8%17-2274.5%521123188155
vs opponents averaging98.749.637-8245.4%7-2036.1%17-2375.7%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.449.337-8145.5%7-1837.1%15-2172.9%521021199165
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.8,  PHOENIX 96.3
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 ORLEANS97-95W-1.5W191O36-6456.2%331839-8545.9%5218
3/18/2013@ MEMPHIS77-92L13L182.5U29-8633.7%521140-8248.8%5613
3/21/2013@ SACRAMENTO98-101L6W211.5U41-9841.8%551240-7553.3%4316
3/22/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/26/2013@ DETROIT              
3/27/2013LA LAKERS              
3/29/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/3/2013@ MILWAUKEE              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/10/2013OKLAHOMA CITY69-97L8L204U30-9133.0%602234-7644.7%5013
2/12/2013@ LA LAKERS85-91L9.5W202U35-8541.2%551936-8343.4%5319
2/19/2013@ PORTLAND102-98W6.5W193O41-8250.0%561733-8041.2%4114
2/20/2013@ GOLDEN STATE98-108L8.5L205.5O40-8447.6%501442-8748.3%4710
2/24/2013SAN ANTONIO87-97L9L198.5U30-8137.0%592032-7244.4%4817
2/27/2013@ SAN ANTONIO105-101W16W198.5O44-9546.3%571535-8143.2%5717
3/8/2013@ SACRAMENTO112-121L7.5L210O43-9047.8%451345-8254.9%4615
3/13/2013@ HOUSTON81-111L12L212.5U34-8142.0%362039-7651.3%5822
3/15/2013@ ATLANTA94-107L9L193O35-7944.3%552441-8448.8%4520
3/16/2013@ WASHINGTON105-127L7.5L189.5O42-8847.7%521448-9351.6%4710
3/18/2013LA LAKERS99-76W4W200U42-8748.3%641629-8733.3%5018
3/27/2013@ UTAH              
4/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
4/5/2013GOLDEN STATE              
4/7/2013NEW 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.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
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*Timberwolves-Suns Preview* ===========================


Minnesota (23-43) at Phoenix (23-46), 10:00 p.m. EDT

Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns continue to sink at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Neither team has showed much sign that it's capable of a surge before the end of the season.

Minnesota, still the league's worst perimeter shooting team, will try to snap a string of nine straight road losses Friday night at Phoenix, which is mired in an especially bad offensive slump.

The Timberwolves (23-43) have lost two in a row and 12 of 15 overall and 17 of 18 on the road after a 101-98 defeat at Sacramento on Thursday.

Nikola Pekovic stole the ball with 12 seconds left to give Minnesota a chance, but Dante Cunningham's 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed - not surprising given the team's dismal shooting from long distance all season.

Minnesota ranks last in the NBA at 29.4 percent from 3-point range, making just 21.6 percent in six March road games. The Timberwolves were 1 for 19 from beyond the arc Thursday, the only conversion coming from Chase Budinger as he played his first game since tearing his meniscus in November.

Budinger, who averaged 11.8 points in six contests before the injury, scored nine and made 3 of 7 from the field in 18 minutes of action in Sacramento. Coach Rick Adelman will look for the career 36.1 percent 3-point shooter - and former Arizona standout - to give Minnesota's anemic shooting a spark.

"Just the way he moves without the ball. He's used to moving without the ball," Adelman said. "That will help us a lot. And he certainly can stretch the defense."

Adelman was certainly happy to see a healthy Ricky Rubio on Thursday after he left Monday's defeat in Memphis with a groin strain. Rubio had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the loss to the Kings, though he struggled from the field, going 4 of 13.

The Suns (23-46) hit just 33.7 percent from the floor in an 88-79 home loss to Washington on Wednesday, and they've dropped five of six as a good rhythm continues to elude their offense.

Phoenix is averaging 91.8 points with 27.6 percent 3-point shooting and 18.5 turnovers per game during its last six contests. For the season, only Minnesota is worse than the Suns' 32.4 percent mark from beyond the arc.

More discouraging for coach Lindsey Hunter on Wednesday was what he perceived as a lack of effort.

"I wasn't happy with (any) of our young guys," Hunter said. "It wasn't about mistakes they made. It was about effort. It was about fight, having a sense of urgency. This is unacceptable."

The Suns - already without Marcin Gortat for the rest of the season due to a Lisfranc sprain - saw another big man go down against the Wizards. Jermaine O'Neal had to be helped to the locker room late in the game because of a strained left calf.

If O'Neal is out, Phoenix will likely have to lean more heavily on Luis Scola inside. Scola has come off the bench the last four games after starting 43 straight, but he's averaging 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in his last 12 games against Minnesota.

These teams have split two meetings this season, including an 84-83 overtime victory for Phoenix at home Feb. 26. That's one of 13 straight road losses against West opponents for Minnesota.

Last Updated: 6/17/2018 10:56:48 PM EST

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