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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 2/10/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON
 
MINNESOTA
-4  

+4  
-175

+155

206.5
 
107
Final
89

HOUSTON (34 - 17) at MINNESOTA (24 - 27)
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Monday, 2/10/2014 8:05 PM
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707HOUSTON-3.5-4.5
708MINNESOTA210208
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-17+125-2323-26105.353.747.3%55.0101.450.143.8%51.4
Road Games13-10+0.811-1212-10104.151.947.3%51.7105.752.145.8%51.6
Last 5 Games5-0+5.84-12-3108.657.050.8%53.4100.052.644.8%47.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)105.353.737-7947.3%9-2634.7%22-3168.9%551120207156
vs opponents surrendering100.350.137-8345.2%7-2135.7%18-2475.4%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)104.151.937-7947.3%8-2534.0%21-3069.2%521020217146
Stats Against (All Games)101.450.139-8843.8%8-2234.4%17-2275.0%511221258136
vs opponents averaging100.550.238-8345.3%8-2136.2%17-2376.3%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)105.752.140-8745.8%7-2234.2%19-2478.6%521223248136

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-27-14.926-2525-25105.654.743.6%54.8101.950.646.9%50.3
Home Games14-10-611-1311-13106.854.244.0%55.799.849.145.4%50.2
Last 5 Games1-4-3.21-43-2104.055.442.9%56.0108.050.646.8%49.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)105.654.738-8843.6%7-2234.3%21-2778.3%551323189134
vs opponents surrendering100.650.538-8345.1%8-2135.4%18-2475.1%521122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)106.854.239-8844.0%7-2133.3%23-2978.7%561323198134
Stats Against (All Games)101.950.640-8546.9%8-2136.1%14-1976.3%501023238166
vs opponents averaging100.950.738-8345.4%8-2136.1%18-2375.8%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)99.849.138-8445.4%7-2234.7%16-2177.2%501020248165
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 96,  MINNESOTA 96.1
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/3/2014NEW YORK102-100W-11.5L205.5U34-7445.9%491537-8941.6%548
1/8/2014LA LAKERS113-99W-14T212P39-8645.3%71936-8840.9%5518
1/10/2014@ ATLANTA80-83L-2.5L207U29-7041.4%511632-8637.2%5112
1/11/2014@ WASHINGTON114-107W-2W199.5O38-7352.1%551940-9542.1%5611
1/13/2014@ BOSTON104-92W-6W208U37-7946.8%611138-10137.6%5713
1/15/2014@ NEW ORLEANS103-100W-5.5L203P37-7251.4%491335-7745.5%5115
1/16/2014OKLAHOMA CITY92-104L-2.5L208.5U33-8240.2%501738-8246.3%5315
1/18/2014MILWAUKEE114-104W-13.5L199.5O41-8548.2%561140-8050.0%4819
1/20/2014PORTLAND126-113W-2W219O45-8652.3%551844-9745.4%4811
1/22/2014SACRAMENTO119-98W-9.5W218.5U43-9047.8%691034-8639.5%5713
1/24/2014MEMPHIS87-88L-5.5L196.5U32-7940.5%461336-7846.2%5215
1/25/2014@ MEMPHIS81-99L-1.5L194.5U30-8137.0%471541-8846.6%6011
1/28/2014SAN ANTONIO97-90W1.5W209.5U33-7544.0%731535-8242.7%4411
1/29/2014@ DALLAS117-115W5W210O41-7455.4%491740-8646.5%4614
2/1/2014CLEVELAND106-92W-11.5W206.5U41-8051.2%551738-8743.7%4216
2/5/2014PHOENIX122-108W-8W214.5O39-7154.9%441342-9046.7%5013
2/8/2014@ MILWAUKEE101-95W-10.5L204U42-8648.8%461340-9044.4%5418
2/10/2014@ MINNESOTA              
2/12/2014WASHINGTON              
2/19/2014@ LA LAKERS              
2/20/2014@ GOLDEN STATE              
2/23/2014@ PHOENIX              
2/25/2014@ SACRAMENTO              
2/26/2014@ LA CLIPPERS              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
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
1/31/2014MEMPHIS90-94L1.5L189U39-8446.4%511438-8047.5%459
2/1/2014@ ATLANTA113-120L3L208O37-8444.0%531743-9246.7%5413
2/4/2014LA LAKERS109-99W-10.5L217U37-8344.6%651333-7941.8%4116
2/5/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY97-106L12.5W198.5O37-7847.4%441444-9148.4%5316
2/7/2014@ NEW ORLEANS91-98L-1L198.5U28-7537.3%561539-8148.1%4312
2/8/2014PORTLAND110-117L4L204O40-9741.2%621240-8248.8%5513
2/10/2014HOUSTON              
2/12/2014DENVER              
2/19/2014INDIANA              
2/22/2014@ UTAH              
2/23/2014@ PORTLAND              
2/25/2014@ PHOENIX              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
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 (HOUSTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer

Houston (34-17) at Minnesota (24-27), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Despite matching their longest winning streak of the season, the Houston Rockets weren't entirely pleased with their performance against an inferior opponent.

They'll aim for a more complete showing Monday night when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who hope to have Kevin Love back as they try to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Houston (34-17) has equaled its five-game run from Nov. 23-30, knocking off San Antonio, Dallas, Cleveland, Phoenix and Milwaukee. But Saturday's 101-95 road victory over the league-worst Bucks wasn't the dominating effort the Rockets would have preferred.

"We didn't attack like we needed to the whole game," said Dwight Howard, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds for his 33rd double-double. "There were spurts when we attacked the basket, but there were times when we settled for the 3. We have to always be in attack mode."

The Rockets led by 15 with 1:20 left in the first half before Milwaukee pulled to within two less than five minutes into the third quarter. Houston again built a 14-point edge later in the third before letting the Bucks come as close as three points with less than a minute left in the game.

"We're too up and down right now," said Jeremy Lin, who scored 18. "We go up 12 and then we are only up six. It would be nice for us to build leads and really dominate from start to finish."

Lin, who averages 13.5 points, has scored 18 three times during the win streak, while Howard is averaging 26.2 points - 7.4 better than his season average.

Houston is averaging 111.5 points in its last four contests while the Timberwolves (24-27) are yielding 107.0 per game during their skid.

The Rockets, who are seeking a sixth straight win for the first time since taking seven in a row from Jan. 13-23, 2012, claimed a 112-101 home victory over Minnesota on Nov. 23. Howard scored only 11 but Houston was 17 of 31 from 3-point range despite being without James Harden due to injury. Aaron Brooks and Patrick Beverley were a combined 11 of 15 from deep.

Minnesota is in danger of dropping four in a row for the first time all season after being without Love for two of the last three contests. He missed Saturday's 117-110 loss to Portland with a bruised left quadriceps and was out Wednesday at Oklahoma City due to a stiff neck, but said he hopes to the Rockets.

Love is averaging 31.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in his last six contests and has scored 25 or more in five of his last six versus Houston after tallying 27 in November.

Even with Love back in the fold, the Timberwolves will still be without Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. Both are out indefinitely, with Martin suffering a broken left thumb in Friday's loss at New Orleans, while Pekovic has missed seven straight contests with a bruised ankle and isn't likely to return until after the All-Star break.

Love, Martin and Pekovic combine for nearly 60 percent of Minnesota's 105.6 points per game.

Minnesota received some surprising individual efforts against Portland, getting a career-best 25 from Ricky Rubio and a season-high 19 from Chase Budinger, but couldn't preserve what was a seven-point lead late in the third quarter.

"It doesn't matter who's out," coach Rick Adelman said. "The next guy steps up, that's how you have to approach it. You can't worry about who's not playing, worry about who is playing, and make the best out of the situation."


Last Updated: 10/31/2014 9:54:43 AM EST


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