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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 11/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
HOUSTON
+6  

-6  
+200

-250

212.5
 
101
Final
112

MINNESOTA (8 - 6) at HOUSTON (8 - 5)
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Saturday, 11/23/2013 8:05 PM
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711MINNESOTA217216
712HOUSTON-5.5-6.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-6+1.19-56-8107.357.143.4%55.399.249.645.1%53.0
Road Games2-4-2.64-23-3105.758.343.9%55.0102.253.046.6%52.2
Last 5 Games2-3-2.22-31-4105.656.242.8%55.098.448.045.2%53.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)107.357.139-9043.4%8-2433.7%21-2681.0%5512251810143
vs opponents surrendering101.650.638-8345.0%7-2135.5%19-2674.6%531123208155
Team Stats (Road Games)105.758.339-9043.9%9-2633.8%18-2477.5%5512241810153
Stats Against (All Games)99.249.639-8745.1%7-2134.8%13-1873.9%531121228176
vs opponents averaging99.850.337-8444.6%8-2236.7%17-2374.6%521122228165
Stats Against (Road Games)102.253.041-8846.6%7-2133.6%13-1874.5%521126218166

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-5+1.96-68-5109.756.048.3%58.8105.952.242.0%52.4
Home Games5-2+3.63-33-4106.055.646.8%65.099.146.038.7%55.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0.73-24-1115.461.850.4%54.0109.652.643.5%51.4
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)109.756.037-7748.3%9-2634.0%26-3770.2%591121228187
vs opponents surrendering101.551.438-8245.7%7-2135.7%19-2673.8%521122218155
Team Stats (Home Games)106.055.636-7746.8%8-2533.7%25-3865.8%651120218198
Stats Against (All Games)105.952.239-9342.0%9-2537.2%19-2575.2%521421299136
vs opponents averaging100.150.537-8444.6%8-2235.9%17-2373.9%521222228155
Stats Against (Home Games)99.146.038-9738.7%9-2437.0%15-2170.9%551619309146
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 95.9,  HOUSTON 95.6
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2013ORLANDO120-115W-10.5L199.5O42-10042.0%611447-10047.0%6318
11/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY100-81W-2W201U33-7742.9%571529-8334.9%5121
11/3/2013@ NEW YORK109-100W3W195O35-7944.3%511240-8944.9%5316
11/4/2013@ CLEVELAND92-93L1.5W198U34-9436.2%571739-8545.9%5523
11/6/2013GOLDEN STATE93-106L0L209U34-9037.8%521942-8450.0%5821
11/8/2013DALLAS116-108W-4.5W210O41-8946.1%541444-9048.9%4917
11/10/2013@ LA LAKERS113-90W-4.5W210U44-9048.9%622135-9238.0%5318
11/11/2013@ LA CLIPPERS107-109L6.5W210.5O40-9641.7%541244-8055.0%5114
11/13/2013CLEVELAND124-95W-8W201.5O45-8254.9%51936-8741.4%4311
11/15/2013@ DENVER113-117L-2L209O46-9448.9%521647-9748.5%5515
11/16/2013BOSTON106-88W-10W202.5U40-9442.6%541334-8639.5%5821
11/19/2013@ WASHINGTON100-104L-3.5L206.5U37-8543.5%541341-8548.2%4611
11/20/2013LA CLIPPERS98-102L-2L213U34-9037.8%591440-8149.4%5019
11/22/2013BROOKLYN111-81W-9W202U40-9741.2%56831-7839.7%5720
11/23/2013@ HOUSTON              
11/25/2013@ INDIANA              
11/27/2013DENVER              
11/30/2013@ DALLAS              
12/1/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/4/2013SAN ANTONIO              
12/7/2013MIAMI              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2013CHARLOTTE96-83W-13T200U36-7647.4%621833-9036.7%517
11/1/2013DALLAS113-105W-6.5W207O34-7346.6%692238-10038.0%5414
11/2/2013@ UTAH104-93W-6W199.5U34-6750.7%461834-8142.0%4815
11/4/2013@ LA CLIPPERS118-137L5.5L211.5O41-8250.0%551549-9452.1%4910
11/5/2013@ PORTLAND116-101W2W208.5O41-7554.7%572036-8741.4%4414
11/7/2013LA LAKERS98-99L-13.5L216U29-7737.7%681736-9239.1%5924
11/9/2013LA CLIPPERS94-107L-2.5L215U35-7844.9%511842-8847.7%5713
11/11/2013TORONTO110-104W-7L203.5O37-8444.0%862338-11433.3%6213
11/13/2013@ PHILADELPHIA117-123L-6.5L207.5O43-9644.8%631943-10341.7%6713
11/14/2013@ NEW YORK109-106W-1.5W207O31-6845.6%531438-8743.7%449
11/16/2013DENVER122-111W-8W213.5O41-8150.6%621645-9945.5%5013
11/19/2013BOSTON109-85W-10.5W205.5U41-7256.9%571932-9932.3%5312
11/20/2013@ DALLAS120-123L2.5L214.5O42-7655.3%351142-7258.3%4315
11/23/2013MINNESOTA              
11/25/2013@ MEMPHIS              
11/27/2013ATLANTA              
11/29/2013BROOKLYN              
11/30/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/2/2013@ UTAH              
12/4/2013PHOENIX              
12/6/2013GOLDEN STATE              
12/8/2013ORLANDO              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: JAMES HARDEN is a franchise player, and as one of the league's elite pick-and-roll threats, he and Dwight Howard have the potential to be dominant . . . Trade rumors will continue to circle JEREMY LIN, who isn't an off-the-ball threat to fit alongside Harden. He is, however, clearly a starting-caliber point guard . . . PATRICK BEVERLEY really shined in back-up minutes last year, and he's part of the reason that Lin is expendable. He's strong defensively, and he proved capable of running the second unit. He'll be one of the league's top back-up PGs if Lin stays . . . Rookie combo guard ISAIAH CANAAN will be developed as a spot-up shooter . . . REGGIE WILLIAMS is a roster filler . . . AARON BROOKS is around as a reclamation project . . . RONNIE BREWER provides a much-needed athletic perimeter defender. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS is an elite role player. He entered the league with the reputation as a pure athlete, but it's his ability to knock down the corner three that's made him so valuable in Houston . . . GREG SMITH looks like another great find for the Rockets. He's an athletic banger who can allow Dwight Howard to roam a bit on defense . . . DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS showed flashes as a rookie, but the stretch four looks like a situational role player for the foreseeable future . . . FRANCISCO GARCIA will lend a veteran presence to the second unit . . . Versatile TERRENCE JONES could be in for more minutes as the Rockets look for the right role players . . . OMRI CASSPI might be getting his last chance at the NBA. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD should be much happier in Houston, though the Rockets still have to convince him that he can dominate as a pick-and-roll player. He should make everyone forget about his season with the Lakers . . . The fact is OMER ASIK just doesn't fit alongside Howard. But if he stays somewhat happy in Houston, he could be a valuable second-unit player . . . MARCUS CAMBY has latched on to chase a ring.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer

Minnesota (7-6) at Houston (8-5), 8:00 p.m. EDT

After their frustration boiled over during a late-game collapse, the Houston Rockets should be able to remain composed as they attempt to extend their winning streak back on their own floor.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a hot start at home, but they're still trying to figure out how to win on the road.

Dwight Howard and the high-scoring Rockets go for their fourth straight home win Saturday night as they attempt to deal Kevin Love and the Timberwolves their fourth consecutive road defeat.

Houston (8-5) appeared to be on its way to a fourth straight win overall Wednesday at Dallas with an 18-point third-quarter lead before the Mavericks stormed back for a 123-120 victory.

With the Rockets leading 116-111, Howard drew a technical foul when he tossed the ball into the seats while turning toward the court. The Mavericks were awarded a free throw that helped them close the contest on a 9-1 run.

"In the fourth quarter, we went away from what we were doing the first three quarters," said Howard, who was fined $25,000 for his actions. "We've just got to read how teams are playing us. It's growing pains. We have a very young team. We've got to realize what we can do as a team."

Howard will try to build on one of his best performances, making his first 11 shots on the way to a season-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting.

While with Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard's teams won 10 straight games against the Timberwolves (8-6). The seven-time All-Star played in nine of those meetings, averaging 17.1 points and 12.7 rebounds.

Although the Timberwolves were one of the league's biggest surprises during a 5-2 start, they've dropped four of their last seven contests. With five starters scoring in double figures, they snapped a two-game losing streak Friday with a 111-81 victory over visiting Brooklyn.

"We wanted to finish it," said Corey Brewer, who had 15 points for Minnesota. "We were up and we wanted to step on them."

Love, who ranks among league leaders with 24.8 points per game, finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds against the Nets. He totaled 62 points on 21-of-31 shooting with 24 rebounds in his last two trips to Houston, but missed last year's visit because of a broken right hand.

With Kevin Martin averaging 23.1 points per game, Minnesota is the only team with two players among the league's top 10 in scoring.

The Timberwolves, one of the league's highest scoring teams at 107.3 points per game, should be able to find open looks against a Houston squad that has allowed the second most points (105.9).

James Harden has helped make up for the defensive shortcomings, leading the Rockets with 24.2 points per contest. He averaged 28.3 while helping Houston take two of three from Minnesota last season.

In the most recent meeting on March 15, Harden had 37 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five 3-pointers in Houston's 108-100 home win.

The Rockets, who lead the NBA with 109.7 per game, have averaged 113.7 points during their three-game home winning streak. They'll try to continue that production against the Timberwolves, who have allowed 110.0 points while dropping three straight on the road.

Minnesota had won three consecutive visits before losing in Houston last season.


Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:27:04 PM EST


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