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Wednesday 12/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (22 - 4) at MINNESOTA (12 - 13)
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Wednesday, 12/18/2013 8:05 PM
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-4+16.118-819-7108.352.845.9%53.5101.251.545.2%50.2
Road Games12-2+9.410-410-4109.554.645.4%54.9101.952.945.1%51.1
Last 5 Games5-0+53-24-1117.054.046.5%58.0105.652.645.1%51.0
Division Games4-0+4.74-03-1114.757.547.2%56.798.552.541.3%53.2
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.352.840-8745.9%10-2441.5%19-2381.8%531324196145
vs opponents surrendering10049.537-8344.8%8-2135.8%18-2475.7%511121218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.554.640-8845.4%11-2542.2%19-2381.1%551425196135
Stats Against (All Games)101.251.539-8745.2%6-1634.6%17-2277.8%501219218124
vs opponents averaging99.449.737-8344.9%8-2235.5%18-2374.6%521121218155
Stats Against (Road Games)101.952.939-8645.1%6-1734.2%18-2475.5%511219207124

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games12-13-4.113-1212-13105.254.742.3%54.9101.751.647.5%51.5
Home Games7-4+0.65-64-7106.054.041.6%55.599.550.646.3%52.0
Last 5 Games3-2+0.83-22-3107.054.442.2%55.8100.854.248.7%48.6
Division Games1-3-4.21-33-1106.558.044.8%53.2107.053.547.9%50.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.254.738-8942.3%8-2433.9%22-2779.9%551323179143
vs opponents surrendering99.549.737-8344.5%8-2135.2%18-2475.3%511122208155
Team Stats (Home Games)106.054.037-9041.6%7-2232.1%24-2982.9%551423189143
Stats Against (All Games)101.751.641-8547.5%8-2137.1%13-1773.4%511122238176
vs opponents averaging100.250.138-8345.6%8-2136.0%17-2374.7%511122218155
Stats Against (Home Games)99.550.639-8446.3%8-2136.4%14-1974.1%521019248196
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.8,  MINNESOTA 97.4
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2013@ SACRAMENTO96-85W2W198.5U36-8243.9%591236-7846.2%4010
11/15/2013@ BOSTON109-96W-1.5W194.5O40-8248.8%521837-8145.7%4015
11/17/2013@ TORONTO118-110W2W193O44-9944.4%571542-9444.7%6316
11/18/2013@ BROOKLYN108-98W1.5W196O41-7653.9%481431-8536.5%467
11/20/2013@ MILWAUKEE91-82W-5.5W194.5U35-8640.7%551635-8043.7%5119
11/23/2013@ GOLDEN STATE113-101W5W200.5O37-8643.0%521536-7647.4%5120
11/25/2013NEW YORK102-91W-7W195.5U37-8444.0%52838-8544.7%509
11/27/2013@ PHOENIX106-120L-4.5L199.5O39-8645.3%441242-8151.9%5010
12/1/2013@ LA LAKERS114-108W-3.5W206.5O38-8743.7%581240-8746.0%489
12/4/2013OKLAHOMA CITY111-104W-2.5W206O44-9844.9%581139-8943.8%5113
12/9/2013@ UTAH105-94W-7W203U40-8547.1%461136-8243.9%4812
12/14/2013@ PHILADELPHIA139-105W-10.5W212O52-9355.9%601839-8744.8%4314
12/15/2013@ DETROIT111-109W-3.5L209.5O41-9941.4%611044-9446.8%6014
12/17/2013@ CLEVELAND119-116W-4.5L205.5O41-9244.6%621448-10247.1%516
12/18/2013@ MINNESOTA              
12/21/2013NEW ORLEANS              
12/26/2013LA CLIPPERS              
12/30/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/31/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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
11/15/2013@ DENVER113-117L-2L209O46-9448.9%521647-9748.5%5515
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
11/23/2013@ HOUSTON101-112L6L212.5O40-10040.0%461041-7951.9%5923
11/25/2013@ INDIANA84-98L6.5L196.5U29-8932.6%601940-8050.0%5220
11/30/2013@ DALLAS112-106W-2W208.5O40-7950.6%531445-9248.9%4411
12/1/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY103-113L8.5L208O37-8941.6%521249-8756.3%4715
12/10/2013@ DETROIT121-94W-1W206O41-8548.2%561239-8347.0%4520
12/13/2013@ SAN ANTONIO110-117L8W207.5O38-8843.2%501248-8755.2%4413
12/15/2013@ MEMPHIS101-93W-3.5W196.5U35-7944.3%49937-8344.6%539
12/16/2013@ BOSTON97-101L-1L200U37-9837.8%67738-8644.2%5812
12/20/2013@ LA LAKERS              
12/22/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/28/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
1/1/2014NEW ORLEANS              
PORTLAND: GUARDS: DAMIAN LILLARD is for real, an elite shooter and a natural running the pick-and-roll. Though we're a little worried about what will happen if pick-and-pop partner LaMarcus Aldridge is dealt sometime this season . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS will be battling for playing time with Portland loading up on wings . . . C.J. MCCOLLUM can play either guard spot, but primarily he's a scorer and a potentially elite shooter. He is, however, out a few months with a foot fracture. . . MO WILLIAMS will provide the Blazers with a veteran guard presence who is more than capable of lighting it up on any given night. He is, however, a major defensive liability'If he straightens out his jumper, WILL BARTON could end up being a solid second-unit player . . . EARL WATSON gives them a much more reliable back-up point guard than Ronnie Price was . . . Sharpshooter ALLEN CRABBE will likely find himself in the D-League early on. FORWARDS: LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE's name will be in trade rumors all season, but it won't affect his role as this team's No. 1 option . . . NICOLAS BATUM will continue to do a little bit of everything, playing point forward to allow Lillard to play off the ball at times, and serving as a dangerous three-point shooter . . . DORELL WRIGHT can lock opponents down when he wants to. He'll push Wesley Matthews for minutes . . . Portland will be the next team to try to squeeze production out of 2012 No. 5 pick THOMAS ROBINSON. After Sacramento and Houston both gave up on him almost immediately, Robinson in danger of falling off the NBA map . . . VICTOR CLAVER provides some energy as a second-unit bit player . . . JOEL FREELAND has six fouls to give. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ will be a better fit alongside Aldridge than J.J. Hickson was. Lopez isn't skilled, but he can take some defensive responsibilities away from Aldridge . . . MEYERS LEONARD is, as expected, still a work in progress. He's enormous and there's some raw talent, but he too often looks lost.
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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*Trail Blazers-Timberwolves Preview* ====================================


Portland (21-4) at Minnesota (12-13), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Damian Lillard's clutch shooting is the latest reason why the Portland Trail Blazers own the best record in the NBA.

A meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves may not require such heroics.

Lillard and the Trail Blazers hope to make things a lot easier on themselves Wednesday night when they try to continue their dominance of the Timberwolves.

Portland (22-4) is on the cusp of sweeping a four-game road trip with a sixth straight win after Lillard hit a go-ahead 3 with 0.4 seconds left in Tuesday's 119-116 victory at Cleveland. That came two days after the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year connected on a fadeaway jumper as time expired to cinch a 111-109 overtime win at Detroit.

Lillard's performances went well beyond the clutch shooting, totaling 59 points over the last two games. That includes a season-high 36 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds against the Cavaliers, while his decisive 3 was his career-best eighth of the contest.

"There is no explaining it," coach Terry Stotts said. "Damian had it going, so we ran it through him."

That may only continue since Lillard averaged 23.3 points on 54.5 percent from the floor - 9 for 20 from beyond the arc - while helping the Trail Blazers win all four meetings with Minnesota (12-13) last season.

Portland has dominated the Timberwolves, winning 21 of the past 23 matchups - 10 of 11 at Minnesota. The Blazers have won five straight overall in the series, averaging 106.6 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been limited to 19.0 points - more than four below his season average - and 8.8 rebounds during that run. He scored 17 in a 109-94 home win March 2.

The forward, though, seems poised for an increase in production since he's averaging 25.6 points and 14.8 boards during Portland's five-game overall win streak.

Minnesota is looking to bounce back from Monday's 101-97 loss at Boston, and showing improvement from the field would certainly help. The Timberwolves shot 37.8 percent from the floor - 8 for 29 from long range - against the Celtics.

Kevin Love is averaging 33.0 points over the past three games, but he was partly responsible for the latest struggles. He made 9 of 26 field goals while missing 9 of 11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points and 14 rebounds Monday.

"I shot the ball good, it just didn't go in," Love said. "It was that way for all of our team. ... We shot the ball pretty bad the whole game. We beat that team the majority of the time we play them."

Love, who will likely find himself matched up with Aldridge, averages 30.3 points while sinking 9 of 21 from 3-point range over his last four meetings with the Blazers. However, he missed the past three due to a broken hand.

Corey Brewer is averaging 12.9 points, but just 7.3 over the past three games. He had a season-low four points while going 1 for 8 from the floor in Boston.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 11:44:53 PM EST

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