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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 1/31/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
MEMPHIS
 
MINNESOTA
-1.5  

+1.5  
-120

+100

189
 
94
Final
90

MEMPHIS (24 - 20) at MINNESOTA (23 - 22)
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Friday, 1/31/2014 8:05 PM
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805MEMPHIS193.5Pick
806MINNESOTA-2190.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MEMPHIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-20-0.421-2220-2495.945.545.6%51.395.546.345.0%47.3
Road Games12-7+10.411-78-1195.546.045.6%53.393.245.143.8%47.5
Last 5 Games4-1+2.64-10-595.247.848.2%51.286.640.640.9%45.2
MEMPHIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)95.945.538-8345.6%5-1435.2%15-2174.9%511222207134
vs opponents surrendering100.750.338-8445.0%7-2135.5%18-2475.0%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)95.546.038-8445.6%5-1334.0%15-2074.5%531323197124
Stats Against (All Games)95.546.336-7945.0%8-2135.0%17-2276.8%471020197135
vs opponents averaging101.851.338-8345.6%8-2236.1%18-2475.0%521122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)93.245.135-8143.8%7-2232.4%15-2075.8%481021186125

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-22-10.825-2022-22106.155.043.6%54.8101.450.746.9%50.6
Home Games13-8-511-1010-11107.454.444.0%55.299.348.745.3%50.6
Last 5 Games4-1+3.44-12-3104.055.045.1%51.699.049.645.0%52.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)106.155.039-8943.6%8-2234.6%21-2778.3%551324189133
vs opponents surrendering100.750.538-8345.1%8-2135.6%18-2475.1%521122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.454.439-8844.0%7-2133.2%23-2979.3%551324198133
Stats Against (All Games)101.450.740-8546.9%8-2135.6%14-1876.1%511022238166
vs opponents averaging100.850.638-8345.3%8-2136.1%18-2375.4%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)99.348.738-8545.3%8-2234.1%15-2077.2%511019248175
Average power rating of opponents played: MEMPHIS 96.4,  MINNESOTA 96.2
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MEMPHIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
12/23/2013UTAH104-94W-6.5W186.5O39-8347.0%48635-7546.7%4313
12/26/2013@ HOUSTON92-100L7.5L199.5U38-9340.9%61931-7143.7%509
12/28/2013DENVER120-99W-3W189.5O47-9151.6%57733-7047.1%3614
12/30/2013CHICAGO91-95L-5L178O35-7844.9%472028-6543.1%4920
1/2/2014@ PHOENIX99-91W4W196.5U44-9247.8%661537-9041.1%4812
1/3/2014@ DENVER108-111L4.5W192O37-7648.7%431343-8053.7%4716
1/5/2014@ DETROIT112-84W3W195.5O43-9246.7%641035-8640.7%5011
1/7/2014SAN ANTONIO108-110L6W196O46-9946.5%531143-8351.8%5317
1/10/2014PHOENIX104-99W-3W194.5O42-8648.8%61838-9241.3%506
1/12/2014ATLANTA108-101W-5.5W191.5O43-8351.8%461138-8047.5%4815
1/14/2014OKLAHOMA CITY90-87W-1.5W196U32-8040.0%511333-8140.7%5419
1/15/2014@ MILWAUKEE82-77W-6L185.5U33-8240.2%52931-8237.8%5815
1/17/2014SACRAMENTO91-90W-5.5L197.5U36-7846.2%451033-8140.7%5414
1/20/2014NEW ORLEANS92-95L-7L188U31-7441.9%541735-7745.5%3910
1/24/2014@ HOUSTON88-87W5.5W196.5U36-7846.2%521532-7940.5%4613
1/25/2014HOUSTON99-81W1.5W194.5U41-8846.6%601130-8137.0%4715
1/28/2014@ PORTLAND98-81W5W197.5U43-8351.8%531330-8734.5%5312
1/29/2014@ SACRAMENTO99-89W-5.5W194.5U41-7554.7%371238-7948.1%4115
1/31/2014@ MINNESOTA              
2/1/2014MILWAUKEE              
2/3/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/5/2014DALLAS              
2/8/2014@ ATLANTA              
2/9/2014@ CLEVELAND              
2/11/2014WASHINGTON              
2/12/2014@ ORLANDO              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
12/22/2013@ LA CLIPPERS116-120L4.5W212O45-9646.9%641946-9747.4%5113
12/27/2013WASHINGTON120-98W-6W207O42-8549.4%53438-8345.8%4512
12/28/2013@ MILWAUKEE117-95W-7.5W203O43-9047.8%621840-8944.9%5020
12/30/2013DALLAS98-100L-4L213U36-7945.6%511741-8647.7%4211
1/1/2014NEW ORLEANS124-112W-5W211O44-7955.7%421545-8751.7%4817
1/4/2014OKLAHOMA CITY111-115L-2L207O43-9445.7%531540-8348.2%5322
1/6/2014@ PHILADELPHIA126-95W-7.5W221P46-10046.0%621338-8047.5%4422
1/8/2014PHOENIX103-104L-8L217U34-8639.5%591138-9241.3%5910
1/10/2014CHARLOTTE119-92W-10W205O48-8854.5%591437-8444.0%3710
1/12/2014@ SAN ANTONIO86-104L5.5L213U33-9335.5%441042-7456.8%5420
1/15/2014SACRAMENTO108-111L-9.5L217.5O39-8844.3%451245-8254.9%5119
1/17/2014@ TORONTO89-94L1L205U36-8243.9%511034-7843.6%5011
1/18/2014UTAH98-72W-10.5W206U36-8343.4%711521-7328.8%4816
1/21/2014@ UTAH112-97W-5.5W202.5O41-9045.6%51841-8747.1%4813
1/24/2014@ GOLDEN STATE121-120W3.5W211O47-9450.0%551249-8955.1%4414
1/25/2014@ PORTLAND104-115L7L219.5U38-8942.7%471046-9548.4%6112
1/27/2014@ CHICAGO95-86W-4.5W197U34-7346.6%481432-8537.6%5013
1/29/2014NEW ORLEANS88-77W-10.5W203U33-8240.2%571329-8235.4%5813
1/31/2014MEMPHIS              
2/1/2014@ ATLANTA              
2/4/2014LA LAKERS              
2/5/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/7/2014@ NEW ORLEANS              
2/8/2014PORTLAND              
2/10/2014HOUSTON              
2/12/2014DENVER              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
MEMPHIS: GUARDS: MIKE CONLEY has steadily improved every season. He's now a borderline All-Star point guard . . . TONY ALLEN is back as the defensive half of Memphis' SG platoon. He's a favorite of new head coach David Joerger, the mastermind of the Grizzlies' suffocating defense as an assistant . . . JERRYD BAYLESS is on the cusp of being one of the NBA's top sixth men. He's the only pure scorer they have on the perimeter . . . MIKE MILLER's minutes will be limited in the regular season, but he's still an effective bench option with his long-range shooting . . . Ultra-athletic rookie JAMAAL FRANKLIN seems like a future rotation guy if/when he grasps Joerger's defensive schemes. FORWARDS: ZACH RANDOLPH has taken a back seat to Marc Gasol, but Z-Bo is still a dangerous low-post scorer. He might give way to Ed Davis a little more often when Memphis needs defense . . . TAYSHAUN PRINCE brought another quality defender to Memphis at last season's trade deadline. He's no better than a fifth option on offense, though . . . QUINCY PONDEXTER is one of the only shooters Memphis has, and he seems ready for a bigger role after a strong postseason performance. If nothing else, he's the heir apparent to Prince . . . ED DAVIS seems ready for a bigger role, but it's not coming behind Randolph and Gasol. He's a back-up for at least one more season . . . JON LEUER gives the Grizzlies another savvy reserve big. CENTERS: He's a bit overrated defensively (good, but not Defensive Player of the Year good), but MARC GASOL has emerged as the centerpiece of the Memphis offense. He's one of the league's best passing big men, to go along with some skill in the post . . . KOSTA KOUFOS gives them another 7-footer who can move the ball, though his role will be much smaller than it was in Denver.
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.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MEMPHIS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Grizzlies' Miller day to day with sprained thumb)

*Grizzlies-Timberwolves Preview* ================================

By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Memphis (24-20) at Minnesota (23-22), 8:00 p.m. EDT

While the Minnesota Timberwolves have been playing well, the Memphis Grizzlies have been even better.

The Grizzlies can match a season high with a fifth straight victory by continuing their success in Minnesota and preventing the Timberwolves from recording a third consecutive win Friday night.

Mike Conley had 27 points and 10 assists as Memphis (24-20) shot 54.7 percent to win 99-89 at Sacramento on Wednesday. Winners in nine of 10, the Grizzlies have finally found a rhythm.

"Our chemistry right now is as good as I've ever seen it," first-year coach David Joerger said. "Our confidence is high and we're really trying to stay in the moment."

Memphis continues to flourish while going 7-1 since Marc Gasol returned from missing 23 games with a sprained knee. The Grizzlies have allowed an average of 85.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting since the reigning defensive player of the year came back, compared to the 98.3 and 46.5 percent they yielded while going 10-13 without him.

"Ever since we got Marc back we've been playing better," teammate Tayshaun Prince said. "You can see our confidence coming back. He helps us so much on defense. He has a real presence back there. When he was out we couldn't get stops regularly like we are now."

Conley is averaging a career-high 18.2 points, and totaled 46 on 16-of-27 shooting while dishing out 17 assists in the last two contests.

"I'm playing at a high level and doing what my team needs me to do to do," he said. "I'm just playing to win."

Without Gasol, Conley scored 28 against the Timberwolves on Dec. 15, but the Grizzlies' 11-game winning streak in the series ended with a 101-93 home loss. Memphis has still won five straight at Minnesota by an average of 10.2 points.

Hoping to end that slide, the Timberwolves (23-22) also look to match their season-best winning streak after they topped the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 23 with an 88-77 home win over New Orleans on Wednesday.

Playing their first game since losing starting center Nikola Pekovic (18.0 points, 9.1 rebounds per game) for at least a week to an ankle injury, Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Timberwolves won for the fifth time in six games.

"I was a little upset with myself with some of the shots I took that I felt like I could've made," said Love, who has 61 points in two games but was 11 of 26 and missed five of six 3-pointers Wednesday.

"The ball didn't feel great. That's the way it goes sometimes. If I can do that and we can win without Pek, that's a good sign."

Minnesota overcame a 40.2-percent shooting effort by holding the Pelicans to 35.4. Two nights earlier it held Chicago to 37.6 percent in a 95-86 road win.

"You're just trying to get better and understand what you're trying to accomplish out there," Ronny Turiaf told the Timberwolves' official website after he had four points and eight rebounds while starting for Pekovic.

Injuries have limited Love to action in three of Minnesota's last nine games against the Grizzlies. He's averaged 28.3 points during that span, and scored 30 at Memphis last month.

The Grizzlies could be without forward Mike Miller after he sprained his right thumb on Wednesday. Miller, who has played in all 44 games averaging 21.5 minutes, is listed as day to day.


Last Updated: 10/22/2014 8:54:52 PM EST


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