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NBA : ATS Matchup
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MINNESOTA (38 - 37) at ORLANDO (21 - 55)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games38-37-12.637-3837-36106.955.344.4%53.8103.751.647.0%51.2
Road Games16-22-5.220-1821-16105.955.243.8%53.8106.353.248.4%51.2
Last 5 Games3-2+3.53-24-1114.055.850.6%54.4108.849.844.8%50.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.955.339-8844.4%8-2234.4%22-2877.8%541324189133
vs opponents surrendering101.250.738-8345.3%8-2135.8%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.955.238-8843.8%8-2334.8%21-2777.1%541323189133
Stats Against (All Games)103.751.640-8647.0%8-2236.2%15-2075.9%511123238165
vs opponents averaging101.450.838-8345.6%8-2236.2%18-2475.7%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.353.242-8748.4%8-2236.8%14-1875.1%511125238166

ORLANDO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-55-19.831-4232-4396.646.944.3%50.1102.051.645.5%52.1
Home Games17-20+4.619-1721-15100.548.446.1%50.6101.251.045.2%50.6
Last 5 Games2-3+0.72-22-395.242.444.2%51.299.654.445.1%47.6
ORLANDO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.646.937-8344.3%7-2034.9%16-2176.7%501021208143
vs opponents surrendering100.850.538-8345.4%8-2236.1%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)100.548.438-8346.1%7-1935.6%17-2278.8%51922208154
Stats Against (All Games)102.051.638-8445.5%8-2237.4%18-2377.4%521022187146
vs opponents averaging100.350.237-8345.2%8-2135.8%18-2375.4%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.251.039-8545.2%8-2237.5%16-2176.3%511022187145
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.1,  ORLANDO 95.4
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 LAKERS143-107W-11.5W226.5O51-7667.1%592144-10243.1%348
3/30/2014@ BROOKLYN99-114L4L211O39-8347.0%522043-8650.0%5020
3/31/2014LA CLIPPERS104-114L2.5L213.5O41-9642.7%491738-8246.3%5818
4/4/2014@ MIAMI122-121W8W201O43-9346.2%611743-9943.4%6116
4/5/2014@ ORLANDO              
4/8/2014SAN ANTONIO              
4/13/2014@ SACRAMENTO              
4/14/2014@ GOLDEN STATE              

ORLANDO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/25/2014@ WASHINGTON106-115L9T194O43-8650.0%471742-8052.5%4312
2/26/2014@ PHILADELPHIA101-90W-3.5W215U39-9441.5%651032-8736.8%548
3/1/2014@ MIAMI98-112L14T199O36-8343.4%451243-7458.1%4417
3/8/2014@ SAN ANTONIO112-121L15.5W204O46-9647.9%52943-8153.1%4913
3/10/2014@ MILWAUKEE98-105L-1L203.5U42-8847.7%491738-8445.2%5011
3/18/2014@ GOLDEN STATE89-103L12.5L206.5U35-7745.5%471637-8245.1%4711
3/19/2014@ PHOENIX93-109L12.5L210U32-8040.0%521945-8950.6%5116
3/22/2014@ UTAH88-89L4.5W195U31-7939.2%571329-7538.7%4814
3/23/2014@ LA LAKERS94-103L3.5L217U37-8245.1%521837-8046.2%4514
4/4/2014@ CHARLOTTE80-91L9.5L194U31-8735.6%491333-7842.3%5914
4/13/2014@ BROOKLYN              
4/14/2014@ CHICAGO              
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.
ORLANDO: GUARDS: JAMEER NELSON will be trade bait all year, as the Magic have no interest in picking up his option after the season . . . ARRON AFFLALO is also on the trade block, and has more on-the-court value than Nelson . . . The Magic will find starter's minutes for rookie VICTOR OLADIPO somehow, at the expense of Afflalo, Nelson (if Oladipo proves capable of handling the point later this year) or both. He's the future in this backcourt . . . E'TWAUN MOORE is back mostly because he's a cheap option at back-up point guard. He's still a fringe NBA player . . . RONNIE PRICE is lucky to have a roster spot anywhere after a brutal year in Portland . . . Second-year man DORON LAMB will have a chance to prove himself as a second-unit scorer. FORWARDS: MAURICE HARKLESS has nice upside, and Orlando will find him more opportunities on offense. He reportedly added weight in an effort to be able to attack the rim more effectively . . . TOBIAS HARRIS is a disaster defensively, but after arriving in Orlando he showed the kind of versatile offensive skill set this team lacks. Expect him to win the starting job at the four . . . GLEN DAVIS will battle Harris for minutes, but as A 27-year-old, injury-prone player, he's more likely to be phased out by the rebuilding Magic . . . JASON MAXIELL will provide some physicality at the four and five . . . ANDREW NICHOLSON is still a work-in-progress, but is showing flashes of becoming an effective stretch four. CENTERS: NIKOLA VUCEVIC is a cornerstone in the Magic's rebuilding project. He's not terribly skilled or athletic, but he's a high-energy rebounder who has the touch to get plenty of baskets cleaning up garbage . . . KYLE O'QUINN had some nice moments in meaningless games late last year. The second-year pro might be able to hang on for a few more seasons as a back-up center.
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*Timberwolves-Magic Preview* ============================


Minnesota (37-37) at Orlando (21-54), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Although they're going to miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season, the Minnesota Timberwolves still have plenty to play for over the regular season's final week and a half.

Looking to finish with a winning record for the first time in nine years, the Timberwolves will try to match their longest winning streak of the season at three Saturday night when they visit the last-place Orlando Magic.

After knocking off playoff-bound Memphis on Wednesday, Minnesota (38-37) again played like a team that's gearing up for the playoffs with a 122-121 double-overtime victory at two-defending champion Miami on Friday.

Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left after getting a call on an awkward-looking play underneath the basket as the Timberwolves moved back above .500.

"To get a win like this on the road against the world champions, it says a lot," coach Rick Adelman said.

Kevin Love led six players in double figures with 28 points and 11 rebounds, including a clutch 3-pointer in the second overtime. Chase Budinger added a season-high 24 for the Timberwolves, who rank among the league leaders with 106.9 points per game.

"We gutted one out," said Love, who has totaled 52 points and 27 rebounds in the consecutive wins. "This was a fun win."

Now Minnesota appears to have a good chance for a season high-tying third straight win as it visits an Orlando team that has dropped three straight and 12 of its last 14 games. The Timberwolves also can move closer to their first winning season since Kevin Garnett led them to a 44-38 mark in 2004-05.

Victor Oladipo finished with 21 points and Tobias Harris added 15 Friday, but Orlando (21-55) shot just 35.6 percent from the field on the way to a 91-80 loss at Charlotte.

Though the Timberwolves rank near the bottom of the league in defensive field-goal percentage at 47.0, they've held opponents to 43.8 percent shooting while winning four of six. They limited the NBA's top shooting team to 43.4 percent in Friday's win.

Love has totaled 54 points and 32 rebounds in his last two meetings with the Magic. The All-Star forward had 31 points and 17 boards to lead seven players in double figures in a season-opening 120-115 overtime home win Oct. 30.

Orlando's Arron Afflalo finished with 28 points and Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 16 rebounds in that contest, but Vucevic could be out after sitting Friday due to soreness in his left Achilles.

"I went through my pregame routine, and it started to become more and more sore," Vucevic said. "I talked to the trainer, and we decided it was best for me not to go."

Minnesota might also be without its starting center as Nikola Pekovic continues to deal with an ankle injury that has forced him to miss 21 of the last 31 games. Pekovic has totaled 35 points and 25 rebounds in his last two trips to Orlando.

Dante Cunningham certainly won't be able to help since he was charged with assault Friday after being accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument. He didn't join the team on the two-game trip.

The Timberwolves have dropped the last five meetings in Orlando by an average of 16.8 points.

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