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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 3/3/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (29 - 29) at DENVER (25 - 33)
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Monday, 3/3/2014 9:05 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-29-1131-2726-30105.754.943.9%54.8101.650.846.6%50.4
Road Games13-18-6.418-1315-15105.155.343.6%54.4103.652.247.9%50.4
Last 5 Games4-1+3.94-11-3108.055.846.4%56.6100.250.644.8%50.8
Division Games6-8-4.57-79-5108.157.645.5%55.4104.449.045.8%50.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.754.938-8843.9%8-2234.2%21-2777.5%551323189134
vs opponents surrendering100.950.738-8445.1%8-2135.5%18-2475.3%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.155.338-8843.6%8-2334.9%20-2677.0%541323189134
Stats Against (All Games)101.650.840-8546.6%8-2135.7%15-1976.8%501122238166
vs opponents averaging101.350.838-8345.4%8-2136.1%18-2475.8%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.652.241-8647.9%8-2136.6%14-1876.0%501124238156

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-33-21.624-3327-29102.252.744.2%54.9104.754.445.1%53.5
Home Games14-15-16.410-1912-15102.353.843.2%57.8102.452.243.3%54.8
Last 5 Games0-5-6.21-41-392.845.438.1%58.4108.056.845.6%53.8
Division Games4-9-10.97-65-8101.652.443.1%57.2105.856.544.7%53.7
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.252.738-8544.2%8-2335.7%19-2671.7%551322237156
vs opponents surrendering100.650.438-8345.2%8-2135.8%18-2475.4%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)102.353.838-8743.2%8-2335.7%19-2671.4%581323237157
Stats Against (All Games)104.754.439-8645.1%7-2134.0%20-2676.4%531222228136
vs opponents averaging100.950.638-8345.1%8-2135.9%18-2476.3%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)102.452.238-8743.3%7-2134.6%20-2775.3%551121228146
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.1,  DENVER 95.3
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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
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
2/22/2014@ UTAH121-104W-4.5W196.5O43-8451.2%611137-7946.8%408
2/23/2014@ PORTLAND97-108L3.5L215U37-9439.4%611440-8348.2%4612
2/25/2014@ PHOENIX110-101W4W211.5U42-8748.3%541542-9544.2%5919
3/1/2014@ SACRAMENTO108-97W-5W215.5U37-8145.7%501037-8245.1%5319
3/3/2014@ DENVER              
3/5/2014NEW YORK              
3/14/2014@ CHARLOTTE              
3/19/2014@ DALLAS              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/23/2014@ PORTLAND105-110L7W221U39-7949.4%501938-8843.2%479
1/26/2014@ SACRAMENTO125-117W-4W216.5O42-8151.9%441142-8151.9%4816
2/3/2014LA CLIPPERS116-115W0W215.5O40-8348.2%621742-8450.0%4511
2/7/2014@ NEW YORK90-117L2L210U32-7642.1%422348-8556.5%5023
2/8/2014@ DETROIT109-126L1.5L216O41-8846.6%592050-9851.0%5110
2/10/2014@ INDIANA80-119L10.5L197.5O28-8931.5%461146-8057.5%6014
2/12/2014@ MINNESOTA90-117L6.5L208U33-8439.3%532145-8652.3%5210
2/20/2014@ MILWAUKEE101-90W-5W202U39-7651.3%511535-8242.7%4812
2/21/2014@ CHICAGO89-117L7.5L188.5O35-8740.2%511442-8450.0%5712
3/1/2014@ PORTLAND96-102L12W215.5U33-8339.8%541137-8145.7%5314
3/7/2014LA LAKERS              
3/9/2014@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/10/2014@ CHARLOTTE              
3/12/2014@ ORLANDO              
3/14/2014@ MIAMI              
3/15/2014@ ATLANTA              
3/17/2014LA CLIPPERS              
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.
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON is turning into something of a one-man army as the roster around him crumbles. As good as he is as a quick playmaker who can knock down an open three, his supporting cast is lacking . . . EVAN FOURNIER is better than RANDY FOYE now, and he's certainly a bigger part of Denver's future. Fournier proved surprisingly ready for the NBA last season. While Foye brings more scoring power to a team that suddenly lacks offense, he's both inefficient and one-dimensional . . . NATE ROBINSON will provide instant offense and lead the second unit . . . ANDRE MILLER will lose a few minutes this year, but the 37-year-old still has good basketball left. FORWARDS: Coming off a late-season ACL tear, DANILO GALLINARI will be lucky to make it back by December . . . KENNETH FARIED will likely never develop into anything more than an energy guy and high-volume rebounder, but he's good at what he does . . . WILSON CHANDLER can shoot and defend multiple positions. With Gallinari a question mark, he could be in for a much bigger role this year . . . DARRELL ARTHUR is an interesting second-unit player. He's an athlete who was starting to show some skill in Memphis before getting hurt . . . Gunning wingman JORDAN HAMILTON may get a longer look in the second half of the season . . . QUINCY MILLER is likely ticketed for more D-League action . . . ANTHONY RANDOLPH is a lost cause. CENTERS: The time has arrived for JAVALE MCGEE. The front office wants him on the floor full-time. For all the knucklehead plays, he's still an incredible athlete in a massive 7-foot frame . . . Talk of J.J. HICKSON potentially starting is absurd. A brutal defender unable to play within the flow of an offense, he's a second-unit talent . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is Plan B behind McGee. The 7-footer can defend and set screens.
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*Timberwolves-Nuggets Preview* ==============================


Minnesota (29-29) at Denver (25-33), 9:00 p.m. EDT

With their lineup finally back to full strength, the Minnesota Timberwolves have a chance to move above .500 for the first time in more than a month.

Doing that means securing a rare road win over the Denver Nuggets, who are hoping to have leading scorer Ty Lawson available.

The Timberwolves look to cap a successful road swing with their sixth win in seven games while dealing the Nuggets their sixth straight loss Monday night.

Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic played well in their returns Saturday, helping Minnesota (29-29) move to 3-1 on the five-game trip with a 108-97 victory over Sacramento.

After missing seven games due to a broken left thumb, Martin scored 26 points against his former club. He'll try to build on that effort while facing Denver, which he's scored a combined 56 points against in his two matchups this season.

"I remember getting hurt before and coming right back with good games, so this didn't surprise me," said Martin, who missed a 117-90 home win over the Nuggets on Feb. 12.

Pekovic missed 13 games with a right foot injury before posting 20 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes Saturday. The veteran center had 21 points and 10 boards in a 117-110 home loss to Denver (25-33) before sitting out the last matchup.

Martin and Pekovic helped make up for a rare off night for Kevin Love, who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but went 4 of 12 from the field. The All-Star forward had averaged league highs of 34.0 points and 14.1 rebounds in February.

In last month's win over the Nuggets, Love led the way with 32 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six 3-pointers while former Denver forward Corey Brewer scored 22 and added five steals.

Love also recorded 28 points and 10 boards in a 117-113 loss in the last meeting in Denver on Nov. 15.

The Timberwolves, 10th in the Western Conference, will try to earn a split of this season series and move above the break-even mark for the first time since they were 23-22 on Jan. 29. However, they've gone 4-16 in their last 20 trips to Denver.

The Nuggets, though, have dropped four straight at home.

Denver could get Lawson back following a nine-game absence due to a left rib fracture. Lawson, scoring 18.0 per game, has averaged 22.7 while making 16 of 25 from 3-point range in his last six home meetings with the Timberwolves.

Without Lawson on Saturday, Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier had 16 points apiece but Denver lost for the 10th time in 11 games, 102-96 at Portland.

"The effort was there and it was something to build off of because everybody - the whole city of Denver - after that loss to Brooklyn had a sour taste in our mouth," said Foye, a former Minnesota guard, of Thursday's 112-89 home defeat.

After hurting his right knee Saturday on a hard fall with less than two minutes left, Faried could be sidelined.

The Nuggets rank near the bottom of the league with 104.7 points allowed per game, and they've given up an average of 110.4 while dropping 16 of 22.

That doesn't bode well against a Minnesota team that has scored 109.5 points per game during a 5-1 stretch. The Timberwolves have also averaged 113.3 in the three meetings with Denver this season.

Last Updated: 4/22/2018 6:51:18 PM EST

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