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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




ORLANDO (20 - 62) at MINNESOTA (31 - 51)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 8:05 PM
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ORLANDO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-62-33.836-4544-3694.146.044.8%50.0101.150.746.3%51.1
Road Games8-33-15.823-1820-2093.145.644.4%49.9100.149.646.1%51.8
Last 5 Games1-4-2.21-43-292.643.444.1%55.8104.250.047.9%51.2
ORLANDO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.146.038-8444.8%6-1932.9%13-1775.5%501123196144
vs opponents surrendering97.749.237-8145.3%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)93.145.638-8544.4%5-1829.5%13-1775.9%501123196134
Stats Against (All Games)101.150.739-8346.3%8-2135.8%16-2273.8%511124167125
vs opponents averaging97.449.137-8245.0%7-2035.8%17-2275.0%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)100.149.638-8346.1%7-2133.8%17-2274.3%521124167126

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-51-10.338-4239-4395.749.443.9%50.698.148.846.7%49.9
Home Games20-21-4.319-2117-2496.048.743.9%50.995.247.644.7%51.9
Last 5 Games2-3+1.53-23-297.649.444.6%42.2100.454.850.8%46.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.749.436-8243.9%5-1830.5%18-2574.2%511222189145
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)96.048.736-8143.9%5-1730.0%20-2773.7%511222189145
Stats Against (All Games)98.148.838-8146.7%7-1936.9%15-2075.2%501122238156
vs opponents averaging98.649.537-8245.4%7-2036.0%17-2275.5%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.247.636-8244.7%6-1934.2%16-2175.5%521120238165
Average power rating of opponents played: ORLANDO 95.4,  MINNESOTA 96.4
ORLANDO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/29/2013@ INDIANA87-97L12.5W189U36-9338.7%521734-7147.9%5620
10/30/2013@ MINNESOTA              
11/1/2013NEW ORLEANS              
11/6/2013LA CLIPPERS              
11/9/2013@ ATLANTA              
11/11/2013@ BOSTON              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/3/2013@ NEW YORK              
11/4/2013@ CLEVELAND              
11/6/2013GOLDEN STATE              
11/10/2013@ LA LAKERS              
11/11/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/15/2013@ DENVER              
ORLANDO: GUARDS: JAMEER NELSON will be trade bait all year, as the Magic have no interest in picking up his option after the season . . . ARRON AFFLALO is also on the trade block, and has more on-the-court value than Nelson . . . The Magic will find starter's minutes for rookie VICTOR OLADIPO somehow, at the expense of Afflalo, Nelson (if Oladipo proves capable of handling the point later this year) or both. He's the future in this backcourt . . . E'TWAUN MOORE is back mostly because he's a cheap option at back-up point guard. He's still a fringe NBA player . . . RONNIE PRICE is lucky to have a roster spot anywhere after a brutal year in Portland . . . Second-year man DORON LAMB will have a chance to prove himself as a second-unit scorer. FORWARDS: MAURICE HARKLESS has nice upside, and Orlando will find him more opportunities on offense. He reportedly added weight in an effort to be able to attack the rim more effectively . . . TOBIAS HARRIS is a disaster defensively, but after arriving in Orlando he showed the kind of versatile offensive skill set this team lacks. Expect him to win the starting job at the four . . . GLEN DAVIS will battle Harris for minutes, but as A 27-year-old, injury-prone player, he's more likely to be phased out by the rebuilding Magic . . . JASON MAXIELL will provide some physicality at the four and five . . . ANDREW NICHOLSON is still a work-in-progress, but is showing flashes of becoming an effective stretch four. CENTERS: NIKOLA VUCEVIC is a cornerstone in the Magic's rebuilding project. He's not terribly skilled or athletic, but he's a high-energy rebounder who has the touch to get plenty of baskets cleaning up garbage . . . KYLE O'QUINN had some nice moments in meaningless games late last year. The second-year pro might be able to hang on for a few more seasons as a back-up center.
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: Unlike last year, RICKY RUBIO should be 100 percent healthy for all of this season. He's one of the NBA's most creative playmakers. Now if only he could make a jump shot . . . KEVIN MARTIN has become much more of a catch-and-shoot player after years of attacking the basket and living at the line. He is coming off his best year shooting the ball . . . If the Wolves don't move J.J. BAREA, they'll have him in the sixth man role they initially envisioned before injuries destroyed the roster a year ago . . . ALEXEY SHVED did a nice job holding down this backcourt as a rookie last year, but he's a second-unit talent, which is the role he'll be in this season. FORWARDS: KEVIN LOVE should bounce back completely this season, as his hand injury is unlikely to linger. Lock him into the All-Star game . . . CHASE BUDINGER never got a chance to get going last season, but he's exactly the kind of spot-up shooter and savvy cutter who should thrive alongside Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, he is sidelined with a knee injury for several months . . . COREY BREWER gives the Timberwolves a defensive specialist to platoon with Budinger. Someone has to convince him he can't shoot, though . . . With Love back, DERRICK WILLIAMS returns to the bench as a seemingly never-ending project . . . SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD seems like a low-risk, but low-reward, second-unit scorer . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM will back up both post spots. He figures to play sparingly unless injuries hit. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC signed a $60M deal in August to return to the team and hold down the low post. He's an absolute beast on the offensive boards . . . GORGUI DIENG seems ready to help off the bench. He's a bit limited athletically and on offense, but can block shots . . . RONNY TURIAF will battle Dieng for bench minutes.
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*Magic-Timberwolves Preview* ============================


Orlando (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Although they played a total of 15 minutes together last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic can stay on the court long enough to help the franchise end its lengthy playoff drought.

Finally healthy, the Timberwolves should be feeling confident about getting off to a good start Wednesday night when they host the rebuilding Orlando Magic.

With a 15-14 start last season, Minnesota (31-51) believed it was in position to reach the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Those hopes, however, essentially ended when Love was lost for the season with a broken hand as the Timberwolves lost 37 of their final 53 games and finished last in the Northwest Division.

"We all know what happened last year," said Love, a two-time All-Star who averaged 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in 18 games, "and we just want to move forward and take care of the unfinished business."

Rubio didn't show signs of returning to his prior form until early February as he recovered from the torn ACL in his right knee suffered the previous March, while Pekovic missed a total of 20 games with a variety of injuries.

The center finished second on the team with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game before signing a five-year, $60 million deal this summer, showing that Minnesota believes he's part of its promising core.

Now the Timberwolves are counting on the talented trio to lead them to the postseason for the first time since Kevin Garnett took the franchise to the Western Conference finals in 2004.

"It's great to play with those guys," Rubio said. "They have a lot of talent. It's easy to play with them. We just have to get back our chemistry that we had. Last year we couldn't play a lot of minutes because of the injuries. But we are on the same page, and that's going to help."

Since they shot a league-worst 30.5 percent from 3-point range, Minnesota sought to improve in that area by acquiring Kevin Martin in a three-team trade and signing Corey Brewer away from Denver.

Martin, who has been limited this preseason due to a sore Achilles, shot 42.6 percent from beyond the arc last season. Brewer hit a career-high 91 3s, while Love's return should help since he's a career 35.2 percent 3-point shooter.

The Timberwolves also are looking for a breakout season from former second overall draft pick Derrick Williams after picking up his contract option for next season, guaranteeing the $6.3 million on the deal.

Williams, who averaged 15.2 points over the final 33 games last season, has a chance to be the starting small forward while Chase Budinger recovers from a knee injury.

After finishing with the NBA's worst record last year, Orlando (0-1) continued its losing ways in a 97-87 defeat at Indiana in its season opener Tuesday. The Magic trailed by five at the end of the third quarter before the Pacers went on a decisive 17-4 run to break open the game in the fourth.

Andrew Nicholson had a team-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting Tuesday, while Maurice Harkless added 14 points. Playing close to where starred in college, No. 2 overall draft pick Victor Oladipo scored 12 on 4 of 11 from the field in his debut.

"There were a lot of Hoosier fans in there," Oladipo said. "I would have liked to have won, but overall it was pretty cool."

Tobias Harris, who averaged 17.3 points in 27 games with Orlando last season, did not play due to a sprained ankle and is questionable for this contest.

After shooting 38.7 percent against defensive-minded Indiana, Orlando might be able to get better looks versus a Minnesota team that lost its defensive stopper when Andrei Kirilenko signed with Brooklyn.

The Magic have won eight of nine meetings with the Timberwolves, but lost 90-75 in their only trip to Minnesota last season.

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