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NBA : ATS Matchup
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CHICAGO (45 - 32) at MINNESOTA (39 - 38)
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Wednesday, 4/9/2014 8:05 PM
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CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games45-32+6.839-3730-4693.446.943.1%53.191.645.442.9%49.1
Road Games20-18+2.519-1818-1992.946.443.2%51.894.146.244.5%48.1
Last 5 Games5-0+55-03-2100.851.846.3%49.488.442.043.1%47.0
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)93.446.935-8043.1%6-1834.7%18-2377.8%531223197145
vs opponents surrendering100.950.638-8345.4%8-2236.1%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)92.946.434-7943.2%6-1835.1%19-2477.8%521121198155
Stats Against (All Games)91.645.435-8142.9%7-1935.4%15-2075.3%491120218146
vs opponents averaging100.450.238-8345.3%8-2235.9%18-2375.4%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.146.236-8244.5%7-1936.0%15-1976.0%481121218145

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-38-11.838-3937-38106.755.244.5%53.8103.451.347.0%51.1
Home Games23-15-5.218-2016-21107.955.345.1%54.1100.749.545.5%51.1
Last 5 Games3-2+4.33-22-3106.050.646.8%53.0102.845.445.9%52.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.755.239-8744.5%7-2234.2%21-2877.7%541324189134
vs opponents surrendering101.250.738-8345.4%8-2135.8%18-2475.5%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.955.339-8745.1%7-2134.0%22-2878.6%541224199133
Stats Against (All Games)103.451.340-8647.0%8-2236.2%15-2075.5%511123238165
vs opponents averaging101.550.738-8345.6%8-2236.2%18-2475.7%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.749.538-8445.5%8-2235.3%16-2176.0%511020248165
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 95.4,  MINNESOTA 96.1
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/28/2014@ DALLAS100-91W4.5W193U36-7150.7%582034-8540.0%4213
3/2/2014NEW YORK109-90W-6.5W186O39-8446.4%55335-7944.3%4712
3/3/2014@ BROOKLYN80-96L3.5L187U30-6546.2%532534-7346.6%3511
3/5/2014@ DETROIT105-94W-4W192.5O43-8053.7%521339-8744.8%397
3/11/2014SAN ANTONIO96-104L5L190O32-7542.7%451440-7950.6%4411
3/17/2014OKLAHOMA CITY85-97L2.5L194U29-8434.5%57531-7541.3%5711
3/19/2014@ PHILADELPHIA102-94W-13.5L194.5O36-8343.4%601537-8145.7%4611
3/21/2014@ INDIANA79-91L6.5L179.5U28-7736.4%431334-7943.0%6116
3/30/2014@ BOSTON107-102W-4.5W180.5O37-7052.9%431540-8746.0%4715
4/2/2014@ ATLANTA105-92W-2W183.5O40-7851.3%401332-7244.4%4616
4/5/2014@ WASHINGTON96-78W2W183.5U35-7944.3%571034-8639.5%4811
4/9/2014@ MINNESOTA              
4/13/2014@ NEW YORK              
4/16/2014@ CHARLOTTE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ ORLANDO92-100L-2.5L200.5U36-7746.8%411343-7954.4%4922
4/8/2014SAN ANTONIO110-91W7W206.5U42-9146.2%631536-8144.4%4616
4/13/2014@ SACRAMENTO              
4/14/2014@ GOLDEN STATE              
CHICAGO: GUARDS: After playing it very safe and sitting out all of last spring, DERRICK ROSE should pretty much be his old self. Of course, he'll have to knock some rust off early in the year . . . JIMMY BUTLER was an iron man during last year's playoffs, and his role will only grow this season. His defense and energy, as well as ability to get to the line, could make Luol Deng expendable . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY is in line for the sixth man role, primarily as a long-range threat . . . With Rose's return, KIRK HINRICH slides back to the bench. His playing time will be especially limited with Dunleavy taking up minutes at the two . . . MARQUIS TEAGUE will continue to be used only in garbage time unless Hinrich ends up getting hurt or traded. FORWARDS: LUOL DENG is back on the trading block, as the Bulls learned life isn't so bad without him now that Jimmy Butler has emerged. His offensive role could be slightly reduced . . . CARLOS BOOZER will likely be amnestied next summer, so for all intents and purposes this is a contract year. He's likely to still be a disaster defensively, which means he's a part-time player under defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau . . . TAJ GIBSON will finish games and likely take over Boozer's spot a year from now. He's a superior defender and, while he doesn't have Boozer's range, he's a capable finisher around the rim . . . Rookie TONY SNELL is a Thibodeau kind of player, a long-armed, athletic perimeter defender. He's unlikely to ever do much on offense though. CENTERS: JOAKIM NOAH may be consistently banged up, but he's capable of playing through the pain. Depending on the Bulls' playoff position, he might sit some games late in the year, but Thibodeau isn't shy about playing him 35 minutes per night . . . NAZR MOHAMMED is back as a designated screener on offense and hacker on defense..
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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*Bulls-Timberwolves Preview* ============================


Chicago (45-32) at Minnesota (38-38), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Chicago Bulls are building the kind of momentum they need heading into the playoffs.

They can record a season-high sixth straight victory Wednesday night by continuing their road success over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who look to take down their third playoff-bound team in four games.

Though Chicago (45-32) has faced only one team above .500 during its fourth five-game winning streak of the season, it's averaged 100.8 points during that stretch and allowed 85.0 on 42.2 percent shooting in the last four.

D.J. Augustin had 25 points and Joakim Noah added 21 with 12 rebounds Saturday as the Bulls rolled to a 96-78 road win over Washington in a potential first-round playoff preview.

Chicago last won six in a row during an eight-game run Feb. 20-March 7, 2012.

"I think we are a confident group right now," Noah told the Bulls' official website. "We've gone through a lot. We're playing good basketball, we're confident and we're ready for these playoffs."

Chicago is fourth in the Eastern Conference and has the same record as third-place Toronto, which owns the tiebreaker because it leads the Atlantic Division.

"It doesn't really matter who we see (in the playoffs)," forward Taj Gibson said. "It's all about playing our style. The thing about us is that we are ready for grinding in our kind of game. We're ready for the playoff-style games and we've experienced it so we're ready."

Augustin is a key reason Chicago is in this position without injured star Derrick Rose.

The Bulls are 37-20 since they signed Augustin on Dec. 13 after he was waived by the Raptors. He's averaging a career-high 14.6 points with the Bulls and has scored at least 23 three times in the last five games.

He had 19 with six assists when Chicago's seven-game winning streak against Minnesota (39-38) ended with a 95-86 home loss Jan. 27. Noah sat out with an illness for the Bulls, who have averaged 105.8 points and shot 48.1 percent while winning four straight at Minnesota.

Though the Timberwolves will miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season, they have a chance to post their first winning record since going 44-38 in 2004-05.

Ricky Rubio had 23 points and Kevin Love added 19 with 12 rebounds as Minnesota beat NBA-leading San Antonio 110-91 at home Tuesday for its third win in four games.

The Timberwolves bounced back from a 100-92 loss at lowly Orlando on Saturday that came one night after they won 122-121 in double-overtime at East-leading Miami.

"It's something that we like to show, that's why we want to end the season strong and build something for next year," said Rubio, who went 10 of 17 from the field Tuesday.

Rubio has averaged 17.0 points on 49.1 percent shooting in the last four games.

Love shot 5 of 15 against the Spurs after sitting out at Orlando because of back spasms. He scored 31 at Chicago in January.

Minnesota could play a fourth consecutive game without Kevin Martin (19.2 points per game) because of a heel injury and its fifth straight minus Nikola Pekovic (17.4), who is dealing with an ankle problem.

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