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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 3/26/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (31 - 38) at MINNESOTA (34 - 35)
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Wednesday, 3/26/2014 8:05 PM
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-38-10.430-3740-29101.549.545.7%48.0102.350.446.3%51.6
Road Games11-26-12.613-2223-14101.850.946.1%46.9105.452.747.8%51.0
Last 5 Games2-3-1.42-32-3100.246.643.7%47.4101.046.245.6%50.4
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)101.549.537-8245.7%10-2637.4%17-2278.0%48925198154
vs opponents surrendering100.350.237-8345.2%8-2136.0%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.850.938-8246.1%10-2637.5%16-2077.8%47925209154
Stats Against (All Games)102.350.439-8446.3%8-2236.8%17-2276.1%521123208154
vs opponents averaging100.250.237-8345.2%8-2135.9%18-2375.4%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)105.452.740-8347.8%9-2239.6%17-2275.5%511124198155

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-35-17.133-3633-34106.355.343.9%53.9103.651.947.3%51.3
Home Games19-14-1014-1914-18107.155.444.2%54.1101.350.545.9%51.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0.51-44-1109.057.043.4%46.4117.859.253.0%55.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.355.339-8843.9%7-2234.2%22-2878.0%541323189134
vs opponents surrendering101.350.738-8345.3%8-2135.8%18-2475.5%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.155.439-8844.2%7-2133.4%23-2978.4%541224198134
Stats Against (All Games)103.651.940-8547.3%8-2236.6%15-2075.6%511123248166
vs opponents averaging101.550.838-8345.5%8-2236.1%18-2475.6%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.350.538-8445.9%8-2236.0%17-2276.1%521020247165
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 95.6,  MINNESOTA 95.9
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/18/2014@ INDIANA98-108L10T195.5O37-7748.1%502239-7949.4%4213
2/21/2014@ DETROIT107-115L4L211O40-8845.5%511047-8754.0%5911
2/22/2014NEW YORK107-98W-1.5W204O32-7443.2%491039-8943.8%5510
2/26/2014@ BOSTON104-115L3L204.5O38-7650.0%371843-9047.8%5514
3/2/2014@ PHOENIX120-129L8L217O44-8452.4%441244-8055.0%4415
3/5/2014@ PORTLAND78-102L10L219U29-8833.0%42835-7944.3%6616
3/7/2014@ GOLDEN STATE97-111L9L208.5U39-8645.3%421743-8053.7%4916
3/8/2014@ LA CLIPPERS108-109L15W221U38-7650.0%421542-7953.2%4518
3/10/2014@ UTAH112-110W-2T201O38-7848.7%401240-8248.8%5015
3/17/2014@ CHARLOTTE97-83W3W200.5U39-8545.9%571330-8535.3%476
3/21/2014NEW ORLEANS105-111L-5L203O38-8544.7%421636-7051.4%5315
3/23/2014@ TORONTO86-96L7.5L202U33-7643.4%461634-8042.5%5616
3/26/2014@ MINNESOTA              
3/29/2014@ WASHINGTON              
4/6/2014@ INDIANA              
4/11/2014@ BROOKLYN              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ DENVER132-128W-5.5L216.5O38-8047.5%611750-9552.6%4718
3/5/2014NEW YORK106-118L-8.5L212.5O39-9043.3%511447-9052.2%5212
3/14/2014@ CHARLOTTE93-105L-2.5L206U35-8242.7%411044-9148.4%6215
3/19/2014@ DALLAS123-122W5W210.5O44-9247.8%521347-9549.5%5616
3/20/2014@ HOUSTON106-129L7.5L215O38-8743.7%441449-8557.6%5015
3/24/2014@ MEMPHIS92-109L7.5L199O34-9037.8%491048-9152.7%5914
3/28/2014LA LAKERS              
3/30/2014@ BROOKLYN              
3/31/2014LA CLIPPERS              
4/4/2014@ MIAMI              
4/5/2014@ ORLANDO              
4/8/2014SAN ANTONIO              
ATLANTA: GUARDS: It was a rocky offseason for JEFF TEAGUE, who looked like a goner at one point. Instead, he'll be the focal point of Atlanta's offense . . . Coming off a torn ACL, resident gunner LOUIS WILLIAMS is a question mark entering the season, especially as a guy who relied so much on quickness and explosiveness. He may not be right again until 2014-15 . . . JOHN JENKINS was rock solid as a rookie and should see a bump in playing time with DeShawn Stevenson gone. Jenkins is a legit shooter who can hold his own defensively . . . Rookie DENNIS SCHRODER is a year or two away from consistent minutes, but the penniless man's Rajon Rondo comparisons aren't off . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM is a middling talent destined for a minor role. FORWARDS: PAUL MILLSAP was lost in the shuffle in Utah last year, but he'll be a significant part of this offense in Atlanta. He's a well-rounded power forward and may prove to be a better fit than Josh Smith was for the Hawks . . . KYLE KORVER is coming off a huge year and will play major minutes at both wing spots again . . . A shadow of his former self, ELTON BRAND will rotate in at power forward and center . . . This generation's junkyard dog, DEMARRE CARROLL gives Atlanta some defensive options on the wing and energy off the bench. Outside of some transition baskets, he's a non-factor on offense . . . Euro veteran PERO ANTIC is a finesse stretch four who provides frontcourt depth. CENTERS: After playing a lot of power forward alongside Zaza Pachulia last year, AL HORFORD will spend most of this season at center. With Josh Smith gone, he's poised to have his biggest offensive numbers ever . . . GUSTAVO AYON has proven capable of eating up some space on the second unit. He'll be the second big off the bench after Elton Brand.
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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*Hawks-Timberwolves Preview* ============================


Atlanta (31-38) at Minnesota (34-35), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Atlanta Hawks hope the experience gained from their recent losing streaks helps them keep this current one from getting out of hand.

Facing the Minnesota Timberwolves could help.

While the visiting Hawks look to continue their run of success against the Timberwolves, both teams will try to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat Wednesday night.

Atlanta (31-38) lost eight in a row and six straight during a 15-game stretch that preceded a season-high five-game winning streak. The Hawks have dropped three straight since that surge.

"We've been through some tough times, we'll find a way," coach Mike Budenholzer said after Monday's 102-95 loss to Phoenix.

"I think it's a good opportunity to improve and continue to work, and for our group to find a way to be better for 48 minutes," he added. "Have more discipline and more execution. All the little things it takes to win games. It's important we pay attention to that."

Though Atlanta is two games behind seventh-place Charlotte in the Eastern Conference, it's trying to hold off New York for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Hawks averaged 105.6 points while winning five of seven, but have failed to top 95 in the last two contests. They've also allowed 48.5 percent shooting in the last four games after holding their previous three opponents to 39.3, including 29.0 percent from 3-point range.

Phoenix shot 51.4 percent and went 12 of 24 from beyond the arc Monday.

"We've got to get back on track," said Hawks backup guard Lou Williams, who had 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting. "That's the only goal."

Atlanta would appear to have a good chance to do so versus Minnesota (34-35), which has dropped two straight and 13 of 14 in the series. Though the Timberwolves snapped a five-game home skid to the Hawks with a 108-103 victory last season, Atlanta overcame 43 points and 19 rebounds from Kevin Love to win 120-113 on Feb. 1.

Tenth in the West, the Timberwolves' playoff hopes grew slimmer after Monday's 109-92 loss at Memphis. One night after blowing a 22-point lead during its 127-120 home defeat to the Suns, Minnesota never led and trailed by double-digits from the 3:27 mark of the first quarter.

"We just have to be competitive," forward Chase Budinger said. "That's the biggest key right now - get through the end of the season and play each game competitively. That's how you have to look at it."

The Timberwolves held an opponent to fewer than 122 points for the first time in four games, but their last three have shot 55.9 percent and the last 11 have hit on 50.8.

Love averaged 31.5 points in the previous four games, but had 16 on 6-of-18 shooting at Memphis after going 11 of 27 versus Phoenix. He's totaled 73 points and made half of his 48 shots in his last two against the Hawks.

Atlanta's Kyle Korver scored a team-high 24 and hit five 3-pointers versus Minnesota last month, but could miss his fourth consecutive game with back spasms.

Teammate Paul Millsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds in that victory over the Timberwolves.

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