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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (36 - 46) at BROOKLYN (43 - 44)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-46-14.440-4244-38112.556.745.6%53.7114.058.546.8%54.3
Road Games11-30-20.218-2320-21110.356.245.0%52.2116.259.347.5%54.9
Last 5 Games2-3-0.14-12-3108.455.247.4%43.6113.661.849.2%56.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.556.742-9145.6%10-2935.1%19-2478.7%541125208135
vs opponents surrendering11155.941-8945.9%11-3235.4%18-2376.8%531024218135
Team Stats (Road Games)110.356.241-9145.0%10-2835.0%18-2378.7%521124218125
Stats Against (All Games)114.058.542-9046.8%13-3437.8%17-2276.7%541126227146
vs opponents averaging111.25641-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.4%541025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.259.343-9047.5%13-3338.1%18-2379.4%551227216146

BROOKLYN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-44+5.646-4142-44112.254.344.7%55.9112.954.645.9%55.6
Home Games23-20+0.220-2321-22113.756.445.4%57.1111.854.745.5%53.7
Last 5 Games1-4-1.31-42-3111.455.842.1%49.4122.460.249.5%62.4
BROOKLYN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.254.340-9044.7%13-3635.1%19-2674.9%561124227144
vs opponents surrendering11155.941-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.8%531025218135
Team Stats (Home Games)113.756.441-9045.4%13-3635.0%19-2675.3%571124227154
Stats Against (All Games)112.954.642-9245.9%10-3034.1%18-2377.0%561124228135
vs opponents averaging110.755.841-8945.9%11-3235.4%18-2376.9%541024218135
Stats Against (Home Games)111.854.742-9245.5%10-3033.3%18-2477.3%541123228135
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.3,  BROOKLYN 95.6
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/23/2019@ BROOKLYN              
10/25/2019@ CHARLOTTE              
10/30/2019@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/2/2019@ WASHINGTON              
11/6/2019@ MEMPHIS              
11/8/2019GOLDEN STATE              

BROOKLYN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/25/2019NEW YORK              
10/27/2019@ MEMPHIS              
11/2/2019@ DETROIT              
11/4/2019NEW ORLEANS              
11/8/2019@ PORTLAND              
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 36-46, finished 11th in Western Conference.
COACH: Ryan Saunders (second season, 17-25 as interim coach last season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (12.1 ppg), G Andrew Wiggins (18.1), F Jake Layman (7.6), F Robert Covington (14.5), C Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4).
KEY LOSSES: G Derrick Rose, G Tyus Jones, F Taj Gibson, F Dario Saric, F Anthony Tolliver, G Jerryd Bayless, F Luol Deng.
KEY ADDITIONS: Layman, G Jarrett Culver, G Shabazz Napier, G/F Treveon Graham, F Noah Vonleh, F Jordan Bell, G Jaylen Nowell, C Naz Reid.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Towns is as versatile of a big man as there is in the league, but he can't carry the scoring load alone so the pressure will be on Wiggins to take a step forward under Saunders in the second year of his max contract extension carrying a $27 million salary cap hit. Having a healthy Covington, the team's best defender who arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the Sixers last season but missed the last 45 games because of a bone bruise on his knee, will be a critical factor. Culver, the sixth overall pick in the draft out of NCAA runner up Texas Tech, ought to provide more of that valuable perimeter defense along with Josh Okogie off the bench. Either of them could crack the starting lineup at some point, too.
OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves have started fresh, yet again, with Saunders, the youngest coach in the league, beneath an overhauled front office headed by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. With Towns and Wiggins, they have a pair of under-25 standouts locked in, and a quiet offseason relative to the rest of the NBA yielded some useful role players in Layman, Vonleh, Bell, Napier and Graham. The first steps are to establish themselves as a far more consistent and efficient team on defense and shooting from the outside. With the Western Conference even more loaded than before, though, it will be tough to measure progress in the standings. Increasing their win total will be a tall order.
BROOKLYN: LAST SEASON: 42-40, lost in the first round of the playoffs.
COACH: Kenny Atkinson (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg), G Caris LeVert (13.7 ppg), F Joe Harris (13.7 ppg), F Taurean Prince (13.5 ppg), C Jarrett Allen (10.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G D'Angelo Russell, F DeMarre Carroll, F Jared Dudley, F/C Ed Davis, G Allen Crabbe, G Shabazz Napier, F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
KEY ADDITIONS: F Kevin Durant, G Irving, C DeAndre Jordan, F Prince, F Wilson Chandler, G/F David Nwaba, G/F Garrett Temple PLAYER TO WATCH: Irving. An undeniable All-Star talent who now has to show he has the temperament to handle New York. He asked to be traded from Cleveland, then changed his mind after originally saying he planned to remain in Boston, where the Celtics were a disappointment last season and he acknowledged doing a poor job leading the team. He grew up in New Jersey and wanted to come back home, and now he has to perform.
OUTLOOK: The Nets don't expect Durant to play this season, so they remain a bit weak at the forward spot compared to the top teams in the Eastern Conference. That means it's possible they won't even improve off last season's surprising sixth-place finish. But even if they don't, they appear well set for the future.
Heightened expectations as Nets open vs. Wolves

The Brooklyn Nets put a toe in the water last spring with their first playoff berth since 2015 before making a splash a few months later with the acquisitions of Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant.

The Nets hope the added firepower will lead to taking another significant step forward, beginning with their season opener against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

"I don't know that all the guys we signed in the offseason are coming here for mediocrity. That's not part of it," Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said, per the New York Post. "This is why we went in. That's why ownership showed the ability to get behind us, and support the vision that we've outlined."

Irving is looking to continue his success after two productive -- albeit turbulent -- years in Boston. The six-time All-Star averaged 23.8 points along with career highs of 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 67 games last season, although his leadership was heavily scrutinized.

Jordan provides an inside presence for Brooklyn after splitting last season with the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. The 6-foot-11 center boasts career averages of 9.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while his 66.9 field-goal percentage comfortably ranks first in NBA history.

Durant's impact likely won't be felt until next season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during the NBA Finals, as the franchise intends to take a long-term approach with the former NBA MVP and 10-time All-Star.

The new acquisitions are joined by forward Taurean Prince, who averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game over three seasons in Atlanta before signing a two-year contract extension worth $29 million with the Nets this week.

"We'd be in the wrong business if we said our goal is to be sustainable and along for the ride of mediocrity. None of those words exist with us," Marks said. "We're going to compete at the highest level, and we expect the ultimate goal. That's why we're all in this business."

The new-look Nets, 42-40 last season, will face a Minnesota team that answered a 14-year playoff drought in 2018 by registering a 36-46 mark.

Two-time All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way for the Timberwolves after averaging 24.4 points and a career-high 12.4 rebounds last season.

"Everyone always sleeps on people in Minnesota because they don't hear our name a lot. That's fine. That's cool," Towns told The Undefeated. "We are going to come from the underground and just find ourselves in the playoffs if we continue to do what we're doing."

Under Ryan Saunders, the youngest head coach in the NBA at age 33, Minnesota expects to play an up-tempo style while stressing the importance of shooting from beyond the arc.

A healthy Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins form a potent backcourt, with the former expressing optimism that his team can fly under the radar this season.

"It's like a blank canvas. We can do anything we want to do. Our team could be really good. No one's expecting much, and that's the beauty of it," Teague said.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/13/2020 3:57:31 AM EST

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