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MINNESOTA (23 - 23) at ATLANTA (24 - 21)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-23-11.825-2122-23105.854.643.7%54.7101.250.746.9%50.5
Road Games10-14-5.814-1012-11105.055.543.3%54.4103.252.448.3%50.5
Last 5 Games3-2+1.53-21-499.651.645.3%51.698.451.845.0%51.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.854.639-8943.7%8-2234.4%21-2678.4%551323189133
vs opponents surrendering100.650.438-8345.1%8-2135.6%18-2475.2%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.055.539-8943.3%8-2435.6%19-2577.3%541424179133
Stats Against (All Games)101.250.740-8546.9%8-2135.5%14-1875.8%501022238166
vs opponents averaging100.750.538-8345.4%8-2136.0%18-2375.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.252.441-8648.3%8-2136.9%13-1774.9%511125228166

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-21-0.625-2028-17102.749.846.2%48.9101.249.846.1%51.2
Home Games15-6+4.314-711-10101.548.945.7%50.197.348.044.1%52.4
Last 5 Games3-2+13-24-1107.455.048.1%49.0102.251.646.7%49.2
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.749.838-8346.2%9-2537.2%17-2278.3%49926199154
vs opponents surrendering100.550.337-8345.2%8-2236.2%18-2475.4%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)101.548.938-8245.7%9-2436.5%17-2278.0%50927188145
Stats Against (All Games)101.249.839-8446.1%8-2236.4%16-2174.4%511123208155
vs opponents averaging99.65037-8345.3%7-2135.6%17-2374.8%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)97.348.038-8644.1%7-2232.5%15-2074.5%521122207154
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.3,  ATLANTA 96
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/28/2013@ MILWAUKEE117-95W-7.5W203O43-9047.8%621840-8944.9%5020
1/1/2014NEW ORLEANS124-112W-5W211O44-7955.7%421545-8751.7%4817
1/4/2014OKLAHOMA CITY111-115L-2L207O43-9445.7%531540-8348.2%5322
1/6/2014@ PHILADELPHIA126-95W-7.5W221P46-10046.0%621338-8047.5%4422
1/12/2014@ SAN ANTONIO86-104L5.5L213U33-9335.5%441042-7456.8%5420
1/17/2014@ TORONTO89-94L1L205U36-8243.9%511034-7843.6%5011
1/21/2014@ UTAH112-97W-5.5W202.5O41-9045.6%51841-8747.1%4813
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@ ATLANTA              
2/4/2014LA LAKERS              
2/5/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/7/2014@ NEW ORLEANS              

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/23/2013@ MIAMI119-121L7.5W206.5O44-9148.4%541846-9150.5%5313
12/26/2013@ CLEVELAND127-125W-3.5L205O51-10349.5%562149-9452.1%5322
12/29/2013@ ORLANDO102-109L3L202O36-8144.4%421341-7455.4%4717
12/31/2013@ BOSTON92-91W3W204U33-9136.3%601435-8441.7%5215
1/3/2014GOLDEN STATE100-101L3W209U37-8046.2%441939-8744.8%5821
1/4/2014@ CHICAGO84-91L5L190U32-8637.2%501533-8140.7%5913
1/6/2014@ BROOKLYN86-91L1L196U27-7038.6%451833-8041.2%5611
1/12/2014@ MEMPHIS101-108L5.5L191.5O38-8047.5%481543-8351.8%4611
1/22/2014@ ORLANDO112-109W-5.5L202O41-8349.4%521741-8349.4%3814
1/24/2014SAN ANTONIO79-105L5L210.5U29-7638.2%431741-8448.8%6022
1/25/2014@ MILWAUKEE112-87W-2.5W196.5O40-7652.6%431338-8246.3%5019
1/27/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY109-111L9.5W204O43-8848.9%501543-8252.4%4114
1/31/2014@ PHILADELPHIA125-99W-5W212.5O45-8950.6%571832-8736.8%5719
2/5/2014@ NEW ORLEANS              
2/11/2014@ CHICAGO              
2/12/2014@ TORONTO              
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.
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.
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*Timberwolves-Hawks Preview* ============================

Minnesota (23-23) at Atlanta (24-21), 7:30 p.m. EDT

With a rotation that's light on star power but heavy on balance, the Atlanta Hawks are rolling offensively.

The suddenly high-scoring Hawks look for a fifth win in seven games Saturday night when they host a Minnesota Timberwolves team that's seen a recent dip in its offensive production - and may be dealing with a hobbled Kevin Love.

Atlanta comes into the game averaging 109.7 points over its last seven contests, 8.3 more than it scored per game in its first 38.

Paul Millsap has led the way with 20.0 points per game over the Hawks' 4-2 stretch, but their depth has become critical with Al Horford done for the season and Jeff Teague struggling recently with a sprained left ankle. Atlanta (24-21) shot 50.6 percent in Friday's 125-99 rout of Philadelphia and put seven players in double figures, led by 18 apiece from reserves Mike Scott and Elton Brand.

"Guys have to be ready," said Brand, who added eight rebounds. "You never know when your name is going to be called."

Minnesota (23-23) had won five of six before falling 94-90 to Memphis on Friday, the third straight game the Timberwolves - who are fourth in the NBA with 105.8 points per contest - had been held to 95 or fewer.

Twelve first-half turnovers were a big reason Minnesota put up a season-low 37 points in the opening 24 minutes.

"We are disappointed, you know," guard J.J. Barea told the team's official website. "It's a loss, so we're disappointed. It doesn't matter that we finished (strong), it's still a loss. We've got to come out (against Atlanta) and go from the get-go."

That'll be easier said than done if Love is hurting. Love rolled his ankle in the second quarter against Memphis and played the second half despite limping around, telling reporters after the game that he was in considerable pain.

"When I was moving it felt fine and I continued to keep it moving," said the All-Star starter, who had 18 of his 28 points in the third quarter. "But right now it doesn't feel so good. We just need to do all we can before (Saturday) night and hopefully be ready to go."

The Grizzlies scored 56 points in the paint Friday, taking advantage of the Timberwolves' second straight game without Nikola Pekovic (right ankle bursitis). The Hawks figure to pick up right where Memphis left off after averaging 50.0 points in the lane over their last seven.

While Minnesota is struggling without its starting center, it's having trouble sometimes even justifying playing its starting point guard late in games. Rick Adelman benched Ricky Rubio in the fourth quarter Friday in favor of Barea, who had eight points and two assists in the final 12 minutes and, according to his coach, was "the best option for us to win."

"It's coach's decision and I respect it. He always does what he thinks is best for the team" Rubio said. "Of course I wish I could play, but I respect my teammates and my coaches and what he decides."

Barea had 14 points and seven assists in 23 minutes off the bench in place of Rubio when these teams last met, but it didn't help Minnesota end Atlanta's dominance in the series. The Hawks rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit at home to beat the Love-less Timberwolves 104-96 on Jan. 21, 2013 - their 10th straight home win in the series.

Atlanta has won 12 of the last 13 meetings overall. Love missed both meetings last season, including a Pekovic-led home victory.

The Hawks are the only team Love has never beaten in his six-year career.

Last Updated: 5/20/2019 6:37:59 PM EST

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