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MINNESOTA (32 - 39) at CHARLOTTE (31 - 39)
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Thursday, 3/21/2019 7:05 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-39-15.134-3739-32112.556.945.5%54.4113.657.746.6%53.9
Road Games9-28-20.615-2220-17110.856.644.9%52.3117.459.948.0%54.4
Last 5 Games1-4-31-41-4103.850.843.7%52.2115.855.249.2%53.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.556.942-9145.5%10-2934.7%19-2578.9%541225208135
vs opponents surrendering111.15641-8946.0%11-3235.4%18-2376.6%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.856.641-9244.9%10-2834.5%19-2478.9%521224208125
Stats Against (All Games)113.657.742-9046.6%13-3437.8%17-2376.8%541126227146
vs opponents averaging111.355.941-8946.2%11-3235.5%18-2376.3%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.459.943-8948.0%13-3339.3%19-2379.9%541127226146

CHARLOTTE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-39-20.230-3839-31110.455.544.7%53.1111.656.246.6%53.3
Home Games21-15-2.116-1819-17112.556.445.9%53.7108.855.045.5%51.7
Last 5 Games1-4-31-43-2105.053.442.3%50.4114.056.045.8%57.4
CHARLOTTE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.455.540-9044.7%12-3435.0%18-2379.4%531023197125
vs opponents surrendering11155.841-8946.0%11-3235.4%18-2376.5%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)112.556.441-8845.9%12-3336.4%19-2480.8%541023207135
Stats Against (All Games)111.656.242-8946.6%12-3335.4%16-2179.1%531026217136
vs opponents averaging110.755.741-8945.9%11-3235.4%18-2376.4%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)108.855.040-8845.5%11-3334.0%17-2278.3%521025217136
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.1,  CHARLOTTE 95.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/11/2019LA CLIPPERS130-120W-3.5W232.5O47-9052.2%481237-7251.4%4121
2/22/2019@ NEW YORK115-104W-4W219.5U41-8846.6%541337-8742.5%5820
2/23/2019@ MILWAUKEE128-140L13W232.5O50-10249.0%481050-9552.6%5411
2/27/2019@ ATLANTA123-131L-5L235O44-10243.1%59646-10842.6%7612
2/28/2019@ INDIANA115-122L3.5L221.5O42-8947.2%671640-8447.6%4011
3/3/2019@ WASHINGTON121-135L-1L241.5O52-9952.5%531249-9850.0%558
3/5/2019OKLAHOMA CITY131-120W2W236.5O47-8952.8%62942-9444.7%5412
3/6/2019@ DETROIT114-131L4.5L223O41-8448.8%431350-9353.8%495
3/10/2019NEW YORK103-92W-6.5W223.5U42-9444.7%531137-8643.0%5717
3/12/2019@ DENVER107-133L9.5L227O41-8946.1%391451-8560.0%4514
3/14/2019@ UTAH100-120L8.5L220.5U42-9146.2%451144-8949.4%6111
3/17/2019@ HOUSTON102-117L9.5L223.5U38-9241.3%651443-9445.7%519
3/19/2019GOLDEN STATE107-117L6L229U36-8940.4%591344-9148.4%5113
3/21/2019@ CHARLOTTE              
3/23/2019@ MEMPHIS              
3/26/2019LA CLIPPERS              
3/29/2019GOLDEN STATE              
4/3/2019@ DALLAS              

CHARLOTTE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/9/2019@ ATLANTA129-120W-2W229O48-8854.5%441346-8653.5%4518
2/11/2019@ INDIANA90-99L5L215U29-9032.2%61538-7451.4%4612
2/14/2019@ ORLANDO89-127L4L215O33-9435.1%59848-9252.2%577
2/25/2019GOLDEN STATE110-121L8.5L232.5U40-9144.0%471248-9550.5%5615
3/1/2019@ BROOKLYN123-112W2.5W229O50-9453.2%491344-8651.2%4415
3/9/2019@ MILWAUKEE114-131L12L227.5O44-9347.3%421244-9048.9%6012
3/11/2019@ HOUSTON106-118L10L222.5O38-8942.7%431138-9141.8%6414
3/15/2019@ WASHINGTON116-110W2.5W233U46-10145.5%511241-8448.8%5317
3/17/2019@ MIAMI75-93L3L210U26-8331.3%571234-8639.5%6111
3/24/2019@ TORONTO              
3/26/2019SAN ANTONIO              
3/29/2019@ LA LAKERS              
3/31/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
4/1/2019@ UTAH              
4/3/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost in first round.
COACH: Tom Thibodeau (third season, eighth NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (14.2 ppg), G Derrick Rose (8.4 ppg) OR Jimmy Butler (22.2 ppg), F Andrew Wiggins (17.7 ppg), F Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg), C Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Jamal Crawford, F Nemanja Bjelica
KEY ADDITIONS: F Anthony Tolliver, G Josh Okogie, F Keita Bates-Diop, F Luol Deng
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler requested a trade less than a week before the beginning of training camp. Thibodeau has said the Wolves will only grant his wish if they find a deal that makes sense for them, but the likelihood of Butler joining them on the floor after all the bluster is low. Assuming a trade is consummated, the Wolves would almost certainly receive a starter as part of a package. For now, Rose is playing the shooting guard spot after a decent showing down the stretch last season as yet another former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with Thibodeau.
OUTLOOK: Though the Wolves were able to celebrate their return to the playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence, they were already facing a rough road back in a rugged Western Conference that only got deeper over the summer. Then Butler's unhappiness came to a head. The good news for the Wolves is that Towns has continued to improve into one of the game's best big men with a smooth 3-point shot to boot, and at age 22 he already has his super-max contract signed. Even if this season proves to be a step back, Towns will be the franchise cornerstone for years to come.
CHARLOTTE: LAST SEASON: 36-46, missed playoffs.
COACH: James Borrego (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (22.1 ppg), G Jeremy Lamb (12.9 ppg), G Nicolas Batum (11.6 ppg), F Marvin Williams (9.5 ppg), C Cody Zeller (7.6 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: C Dwight Howard, G Treveon Graham
KEY ADDITIONS: G Tony Parker, C Bismack Biyombo, F Miles Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Hornets added 17-year veteran Parker to bolster their second team and to play down the stretch of tight games alongside Walker, a two-time All-Star and the team's best player. Lamb is expected to replace former No. 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the starting lineup, although second-year guard Malik Monk could push him for that job. Zeller regains his starting job after Howard was traded, a move that may prove to be addition by subtraction. Borrego is expecting big things from Batum, who should have a bounce back season playing with close friend and fellow Frenchman Parker.
OUTLOOK: The Hornets should compete for a playoff spot in the East, where mediocrity reigns. Their starting lineup isn't any better than it was a year ago, but they're much deeper this season and there shouldn't be as much drop off as last season when it comes to the second team. Charlotte will play an up-tempo game under Borrego, a former assistant with the Spurs. In fact, the Hornets have been working with a 12-second shot clock in practice to get used to playing at a faster pace. Rebounding could be an issue with Howard gone.
Timberwolves, Hornets both need late runs for playoff spot

The Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves have nearly identical records. One is still battling for a playoff spot; the other is all but eliminated.

Just don't tell Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns the odds as his team heads into a game at Charlotte on Thursday night.

"We have to keep playing as if we're going to make it," Towns said in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after the Timberwolves lost their fourth consecutive game, 117-107 to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. "There is still a mathematical chance. I know it sounds corny, but it's true."

Yes, he's technically right, but a bunch of crazy stuff would have to happen for Minnesota (32-39) to find its way into the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Charlotte (31-39) needs only some mildly interesting scenarios to play out in the East, but part of that is taking care of its own business, which is something the Hornets have failed to do recently.

Charlotte is going in the wrong direction, having lost four of five games, including a 118-114 home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Jeremy Lamb could have tied the game in the final seconds but missed a driving layup that bounced around the rim. The Sixers sealed the game with two free throws.

An example of the Hornets' pain: They went 0-4 against Philadelphia this season, falling by a total of 10 points -- twice in overtime.

"It was a tough loss and another close game," Charlotte coach James Borrego said in his postgame press conference.

"The guys battled again, against a very good team. We've been battling this team all season. We've been right there with this team; the same type of game tonight.

"I thought we played well enough to get this win, we just couldn't close it out. I think we got great looks. We got better looks than they got down the stretch. Their shots were tough. ... We had two wide-open 3s and a layup and we didn't win the game, so give Philly credit. We'll keep marching on."

The Hornets are 4-11 in their past 15 games, with three of the victories coming against the Washington Wizards. Charlotte is 10th in the East, falling three games back of eighth-place Miami after Tuesday night.

"Gotta keep searching for answers and keep digging," Borrego said.

All-Star guard Kemba Walker continues to lead the way for Charlotte, averaging 24.9 points and 5.7 assists.

But it is Towns, a 23-year-old 7-footer, who is playing at an other-worldly level.

He averaged 30.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in February, extending that tear into March, when he is putting up 30.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Towns had 26 points with 21 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors -- his sixth 20-20 of the season. He needs 10 points to pass Kevin Love (6,989 points) and move into fourth place on the franchise's career scoring list.

Minnesota is 9-28 on the road. Only five other NBA teams have failed to reach double-digit road victories.

"Whether we make the playoffs or not, this is our job to go out there and compete every night and fight," forward Andrew Wiggins said in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "We're all family here, and you want to fight for your family."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/19/2019 8:04:25 AM EST

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