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Friday 3/29/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (53 - 19) at MINNESOTA (25 - 45)
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Friday, 3/29/2013 8:05 PM
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861OKLAHOMA CITY-7.5-7.5
OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-19-6.242-2833-35106.254.148.1%51.196.847.542.6%48.3
Road Games21-14-11.816-1714-19103.152.546.4%51.098.848.343.6%49.5
Last 5 Games3-2-5.12-30-499.249.843.9%
Division Games8-5-5.27-54-8105.752.249.2%50.498.448.642.8%49.5
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.254.138-7948.1%7-1937.9%23-2882.8%511021208157
vs opponents surrendering98.549.537-8245.4%7-2036.1%17-2275.1%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)103.152.537-7946.4%7-2134.0%23-2882.0%511120209167
Stats Against (All Games)96.847.536-8542.6%7-2134.8%17-2277.9%481221218154
vs opponents averaging98.249.337-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2274.9%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)98.848.337-8643.6%8-2136.2%16-2177.8%491222228154

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-45-13.832-3633-3795.349.043.8%51.497.948.246.4%50.1
Home Games16-18-5.616-1714-2095.848.143.6%51.994.947.143.8%53.0
Last 5 Games2-3-1.64-13-2106.851.448.5%51.098.647.246.0%51.6
Division Games3-10-5.62-117-695.847.941.6%52.1104.449.448.9%51.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.349.036-8243.8%5-1829.9%18-2573.2%511222198145
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.2%7-2035.9%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)95.848.136-8243.6%5-1730.2%19-2672.5%521222199145
Stats Against (All Games)97.948.238-8146.4%7-1936.2%15-2074.8%501122238156
vs opponents averaging98.849.637-8245.5%7-2036.2%17-2275.5%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)94.947.136-8243.8%7-2033.4%16-2175.6%531220238166
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.7,  MINNESOTA 96.3
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/20/2013@ HOUSTON119-122L-3L220.5O42-8748.3%552244-9247.8%4518
2/27/2013NEW ORLEANS119-74W-15W204.5U42-7655.3%531027-7735.1%3612
3/1/2013@ DENVER103-105L-2L219U36-8343.4%601943-9545.3%5414
3/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS108-104W2.5W206O38-8047.5%491338-8246.3%4920
3/5/2013LA LAKERS122-105W-9.5W214.5O46-9647.9%48231-7740.3%5916
3/7/2013@ NEW YORK95-94W-8L204U31-7044.3%501635-8640.7%4413
3/8/2013@ CHARLOTTE116-94W-14.5W203O46-8156.8%541135-8541.2%438
3/11/2013@ SAN ANTONIO93-105L2.5L206U33-7742.9%501743-8252.4%3912
3/17/2013@ DALLAS107-101W-5W208P39-8048.7%551638-8345.8%3714
3/20/2013@ MEMPHIS89-90L0L188.5U30-8435.7%561532-8936.0%6419
3/22/2013@ ORLANDO97-89W-14L207.5U34-8042.5%621338-9241.3%4914
3/29/2013@ MINNESOTA              
3/30/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
4/4/2013SAN ANTONIO              
4/5/2013@ INDIANA              
4/7/2013NEW YORK              
4/9/2013@ UTAH              
4/11/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
4/12/2013@ PORTLAND              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ PHOENIX117-86W1.5W194O42-7953.2%601436-9537.9%5616
3/26/2013@ DETROIT105-82W-2W195.5U42-7953.2%461332-7940.5%4115
3/27/2013LA LAKERS117-120L4.5W205.5O45-9746.4%561544-8253.7%5821
3/29/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/3/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
4/9/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
4/10/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
4/12/2013@ UTAH              
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK can do whatever he wants inside the arc and will continue to be a shoot-first point guard . . . JAMES HARDEN will likely keep coming off the bench, but he'll also keep playing starter's minutes . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA is OKC's best perimeter defender. But his role won't become more prominent until the postseason . . . ERIC MAYNOR should be just about all the way back from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's one of the league's best backup point guards . . . DAEQUAN COOK will see limited minutes as a three-point specialist . . . REGGIE JACKSON's role will shrink to near nothing if Maynor is healthy. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT continues to do it all, and has done nothing but steadily improve each season . . . SERGE IBAKA is obviously an elite shot-blocker, but he continues to get lost in space. He's made some strides as a pick-and-roll defender, but that weakness is why he doesn't play 30 minutes per night . . . NICK COLLISON will continue to steal a lot of Ibaka's minutes because he defends the pick-and-roll better, and because he draws so many charges, he's almost as good in help situations . . . PERRY JONES III is an incredible athlete, but needs a year or two to learn the game . . . LAZAR HAYWARD is back as a 12th man. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS will continue to start, but is a part-time player. The Thunder are often better with a small lineup. While Perkins is a bruiser he is too easy to exploit as a defender in space . . . COLE ALDRICH could be ready for a slightly bigger role off the bench . . . HASHEEM THABEET is a reclamation project. There's a sliver of long-term hope, but he won't help this year.
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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*Thunder-Timberwolves Preview* ==============================


Oklahoma City (53-19) at Minnesota (25-45), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-scoring team in the NBA, but it's defense that has keyed their latest winning streak.

Now they'll look to continue their domination of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are in the midst of one of their best offensive stretches of the season.

The visiting Thunder go for their 15th win in 16 meetings with the Timberwolves on Friday night.

Oklahoma City (53-19) has closed to within 1 1/2 games of San Antonio for the Western Conference lead thanks in part to its play at the defensive end, as it's held four straight opponents to 90 or fewer points. The Thunder, scoring a league-high 106.2 per game, have only averaged 101.0 during a three-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City limited Washington to 32.1 percent shooting in a 103-80 home win Wednesday. The Thunder have given up 84.0 points - 12.8 below their average - and 38.0 percent shooting in the three consecutive victories.

The defensive effort has allowed Oklahoma City hold a 42-24 advantage on fast-break points in their past two wins.

"When you don't have to take the ball out of the net, you get an opportunity to use your athleticism and get out in transition," coach Scott Brooks said. "Our first three steps can get down to half-court pretty quick and then we put pressure on the defense. It's all about defending. It's all about rebounding and getting out on the break."

Brooks' club, one of the league's best on the fast break at 16.9 points per game, has outscored the Timberwolves 70-35 in that category while winning two of three meetings this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the NBA at 14.1 fast-break points allowed per game.

The last-place Timberwolves (25-45) gave up 70 second-half points in a 120-117 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

"Sometimes it's not fair because we give 100 percent and sometimes we can't control things," guard Ricky Rubio said. "But we have to improve things that we can control."

They haven't been able to control Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook recently. Durant, the NBA leader at 28.2 points per game, has averaged 39.0 and 56.8 percent shooting in his last four trips to Minnesota, while Westbrook has scored 34.0 per contest in his last five overall in the series.

With the Wolves coming off a rough performance at the defensive end, this game could prove to be a high-scoring affair. Minnesota, averaging 95.3 points on the season, has scored 117 twice and 105 once in the past four contests.

Center Nikola Pekovic, who had 19 points and 16 boards Wednesday, posted three consecutive double-doubles versus Oklahoma City before finishing with five points and two boards in a 127-111 road loss Feb. 22.

Minnesota did have a strong defensive effort Dec. 20 when it held the Thunder to 40.2 percent shooting in a 99-93 victory. That snapped a 12-game losing streak and seven-game home skid in the series, but the Thunder have responded by winning the last two meetings by an average of 19.0 points.

Oklahoma City has scored 115.2 points per game in its last 11 against the Timberwolves.

Last Updated: 4/21/2018 7:44:55 PM EST

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