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NBA : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 2/13/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (42 - 13) at MINNESOTA (35 - 24)
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games42-13+7.527-2726-28114.160.046.3%51.5105.653.446.7%49.9
Road Games20-7+1116-1110-16111.659.045.6%50.5103.252.345.9%50.7
Last 5 Games5-0+43-23-2117.262.249.5%51.4100.652.044.0%49.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.160.039-8546.3%16-4336.5%20-2678.6%51922209145
vs opponents surrendering10653.539-8645.9%10-2936.1%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.659.039-8545.6%16-4336.4%19-2380.8%50921199135
Stats Against (All Games)105.653.440-8546.7%11-2936.5%15-2075.3%50823217145
vs opponents averaging105.45339-8546.0%10-2836.0%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.252.339-8545.9%11-3037.6%14-1975.6%51823197145

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games35-24-17.428-2831-27109.656.348.0%49.6106.452.147.8%48.0
Home Games23-6+1.215-1315-13111.057.648.2%51.4103.550.747.0%46.8
Last 5 Games3-2-22-34-1117.663.052.0%47.2111.253.247.0%50.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.656.341-8648.0%8-2235.9%19-2479.7%501023189124
vs opponents surrendering106.153.539-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.057.642-8648.2%8-2336.3%19-2577.9%511124189114
Stats Against (All Games)106.452.140-8447.8%11-3036.8%15-1978.2%481024216155
vs opponents averaging105.853.439-8646.0%10-2936.0%17-2276.2%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.550.739-8347.0%10-2936.3%15-1978.6%471023226164
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95.7,  MINNESOTA 95.6
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/4/2018GOLDEN STATE114-124L4L231O42-8947.2%471048-8755.2%5312
1/6/2018@ DETROIT101-108L-6.5L212.5U38-9042.2%481338-7550.7%4911
1/8/2018@ CHICAGO116-107W-6W220O39-8645.3%581640-8646.5%4411
1/12/2018@ PHOENIX112-95W-7.5W232U39-9441.5%581137-8046.2%4519
1/15/2018@ LA CLIPPERS102-113L-4.5L230U38-9440.4%481244-7955.7%5118
1/20/2018GOLDEN STATE116-108W3W238U41-8747.1%591540-8248.8%4219
1/24/2018@ DALLAS104-97W-6.5W216.5U36-8243.9%55935-8242.7%5613
1/26/2018@ NEW ORLEANS113-115L-5L227.5O36-7846.2%411244-8253.7%5015
2/1/2018@ SAN ANTONIO102-91W-2.5W208.5U37-8344.6%44935-8342.2%5516
2/3/2018@ CLEVELAND120-88W-4W232.5U44-9347.3%57834-8739.1%5211
2/6/2018@ BROOKLYN123-113W-11.5L218O45-8155.6%451141-8548.2%4111
2/7/2018@ MIAMI109-101W-4.5W207O38-7451.4%44939-8844.3%4813
2/13/2018@ MINNESOTA              
2/25/2018@ DENVER              
2/26/2018@ UTAH              
2/28/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/5/2018@ BOSTON84-91L3L209.5U28-7636.8%521238-9440.4%6310
1/6/2018NEW ORLEANS116-98W-1.5W218U44-9048.9%51933-7842.3%4415
1/10/2018OKLAHOMA CITY104-88W-4W212.5U39-8048.7%541432-7940.5%4819
1/12/2018NEW YORK118-108W-8.5W208.5O49-9551.6%521245-8354.2%4116
1/16/2018@ ORLANDO102-108L-8.5L218.5U43-9843.9%46740-9044.4%6216
1/18/2018@ HOUSTON98-116L5L224.5U38-8146.9%481142-8847.7%509
1/22/2018@ LA CLIPPERS126-118W2W219.5O43-9147.3%521347-8456.0%4617
1/24/2018@ PORTLAND114-123L3.5L210.5O45-8453.6%42645-8254.9%4310
1/25/2018@ GOLDEN STATE113-126L13T229.5O46-10145.5%511048-8953.9%5415
1/29/2018@ ATLANTA100-105L-6.5L212.5U39-8347.0%401339-7949.4%4921
1/30/2018@ TORONTO104-109L6.5W218.5U42-8549.4%51839-8148.1%478
2/3/2018NEW ORLEANS118-107W-8W222.5O48-9550.5%591242-10141.6%5313
2/7/2018@ CLEVELAND138-140L-4L225.5O54-9358.1%371152-8859.1%4715
2/9/2018@ CHICAGO113-114L-7.5L216O41-8747.1%531341-8349.4%4711
2/15/2018LA LAKERS              
2/23/2018@ HOUSTON              
2/26/2018@ SACRAMENTO              
3/1/2018@ PORTLAND              
HOUSTON: After being eliminated by the Spurs in the conference semifinals, the Rockets made a bold move by trading for Chris Paul to give Houston another All-Star to play with Harden and try to narrow the gap in the Western Conference. It will be interesting to see how head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense runs with both Paul and Harden in it. Paul gets a fresh start in Houston after being dogged by criticism in recent years for failing to get the Clippers out of the second round of the playoffs. The Rockets expect him to be the piece that gets them into the conference finals after coming up just short last year. The defense should be better after not only adding Paul, but also P.J. Tucker to a unit that lost defensive specialist Patrick Beverley in the trade with the Clippers.
MINNESOTA: It's playoffs or bust for Minnesota this season, which sounds crazy for a team that has not made the postseason since 2004. The West is stacked, but head coach Tom Thibodeau made the moves he did with the express purpose of ending the longest active playoff drought in the league. Jimmy Butler was brought in from the Bulls via trade to speed up to the team's development. He is the prototype for a Thibodeau player'intense, demanding and defensive-minded. His ability to make shots late in games should also help a team that struggled mightily to close out opponents last season, and his familiarity with Thibodeau should help the younger players on the team absorb more of the coach's teachings. If the second unit can prevent huge drop-offs from what is expected to be a formidable starting five, the Wolves should finally be able to remind their long-suffering fans that the season does not end in mid-April.
Rockets, Timberwolves strive for success before All-Star break

MINNEAPOLIS -- The late timing of this year's All-Star break likely has most teams looking forward to a few days off to relax and recuperate.

The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves are two of the top-four teams in the Western Conference with two games left before the break. Neither wants to let their "first half" success slip right before vacation.

Houston travels to Minnesota for the first game of a back-to-back on Tuesday. The Rockets (42-13) follow with a home game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

"We have too much at stake," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni told the Houston Chronicle. "I don't think it's even in their DNA to (coast into the break)."

The Timberwolves (35-24) are in the midst of a three-game homestand that started Sunday with a lackluster 111-106 win against Sacramento. After hosting the Rockets, Minnesota finishes against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

"There will be an opportunity to go on the break and recharge, but don't go on the break before the break," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Stay disciplined. Stay into what we have to do. Concentrate, improve and we go from there."

With two of the best teams in the league, of course, some won't get the advantage of the break. D'Antoni will coach the team drafted by Stephen Curry, which includes Houston guard James Harden and Minnesota's Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns.

While both teams surely will enjoy some down time, the Rockets can use the break to get healthier. Forward Trevor Ariza has missed the past seven games with a hamstring injury and there is no timetable for his return. Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson have also missed recent games.

But Houston has reeled off eight wins in a row after beating Dallas 104-97 on Sunday at home. They want two more wins before the break.

"It's a huge motivation," Paul told the Chronicle. "Every game for us matters because we're building, trying to play the right way, make sure we have the right spirit. We need to go there and win."

Tuesday will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Rockets won 116-98 at home on Jan. 18. The teams meet three more times by March 18.

The Wolves have the league's second-best home record at 23-6 and have won 13 games in a row on their home court. They escaped Sunday's game with another win as Butler scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

"Jimmy Butler woke up," Minnesota guard Jamal Crawford said of the change in the fourth quarter. "He was sleeping. When he wakes up, we know how good he is. It just separates everything. He started making all the plays."

Crawford also hit the final of three straight 3-pointers to help the Wolves pull ahead.

"We see teams like Golden State and Houston, teams like that do it," Crawford said of the barrage of 3s. "We have capable shooters. We don't shoot a lot of them, but for whatever reason, we're shooting more of them and I think it's paying off for us."

Houston leads the NBA with 15.6 3-pointers made per game. The Rockets have a league-leading 115.6 offensive rating and are eighth in defensive rating (106.9).

Minnesota has the second-fewest made 3-pointers per game this season, but is third in offensive rating in the NBA at 113.8. The defense has waned often, with the Wolves ranking 25th out of 30 teams with a 110.5 defensive rating.

"These are two games we're going to try like heck to win," D'Antoni told the Chronicle. "We also know that the game up in Minnesota is really a tough one and then we have a back-to-back. It's something we want to do, something we're really going to try to do, but it's not going to wreck the season if we don't do it. We'd just pick up the pieces and keep on going if we don't do it. We'll keep everything in perspective."

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