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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 2/23/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
DENVER
+16  

-16  


229
 
116
Final
128

MINNESOTA (16 - 38) at DENVER (38 - 18)
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Sunday, 2/23/2020 6:05 PM
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549MINNESOTA225.5221
550DENVER-12.5-14.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-38-29.618-3430-24112.557.243.6%54.9116.157.546.9%56.0
Road Games9-17-2.712-1315-11114.057.144.5%53.7117.458.547.3%55.4
Last 5 Games1-4-2.71-44-1122.666.245.7%50.8124.261.649.9%55.0
Division Games2-9-5.84-63-8107.154.343.5%53.7112.054.945.4%56.7
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)112.557.240-9243.6%13-4033.2%19-2675.9%551124219156
vs opponents surrendering111.455.941-8945.8%12-3435.5%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.057.140-9044.5%14-3934.7%20-2677.4%541024218156
Stats Against (All Games)116.157.542-9046.9%11-3136.6%20-2579.6%561023228156
vs opponents averaging111.755.941-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.9%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.458.543-9147.3%11-3136.5%20-2579.2%551124228156

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games38-18-0.425-2525-31110.354.146.5%53.3106.853.845.7%51.5
Home Games21-7-4.212-1312-16110.353.947.1%53.9104.752.245.3%51.0
Last 5 Games3-2+3.53-23-2111.852.050.4%48.2111.257.446.1%49.4
Division Games9-1+11.27-32-8108.053.746.5%56.3100.649.942.6%49.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)110.354.142-8946.5%11-3135.5%16-2178.0%531126208135
vs opponents surrendering11256.241-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)110.353.942-8947.1%10-2934.2%16-2175.9%541127198125
Stats Against (All Games)106.853.839-8645.7%11-3334.2%17-2275.3%521025207145
vs opponents averaging11256.241-8945.9%12-3435.5%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.752.239-8645.3%11-3333.5%16-2174.3%511025216134
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.6,  DENVER 95.7
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/15/2020INDIANA99-104L4.5L217.5U38-8843.2%491544-8551.8%4915
1/17/2020@ INDIANA114-116L6.5W218O40-8845.5%421346-8256.1%5013
1/18/2020TORONTO112-122L3.5L224O38-9440.4%601747-9151.6%4714
1/20/2020DENVER100-107L-3.5L221U38-9141.8%46943-9047.8%5913
1/22/2020@ CHICAGO110-117L1L219O41-8647.7%501839-8446.4%5812
1/24/2020HOUSTON124-131L5.5L234.5O48-9849.0%551747-9151.6%4710
1/25/2020OKLAHOMA CITY104-113L-2L225.5U40-9044.4%501339-8048.7%4811
1/27/2020SACRAMENTO129-133L-3L223.5O43-8948.3%612044-8850.0%4915
2/1/2020@ LA CLIPPERS106-118L10L230U34-8440.5%551745-9845.9%5613
2/3/2020@ SACRAMENTO109-113L1L227U37-8543.5%541638-7550.7%4516
2/5/2020ATLANTA120-127L-4.5L239O45-9149.5%441643-8252.4%5019
2/8/2020LA CLIPPERS142-115W9.5W232.5O52-9554.7%531241-8747.1%4715
2/10/2020@ TORONTO126-137L8L235.5O39-8645.3%482351-8957.3%4718
2/12/2020CHARLOTTE108-115L-5.5L225U39-10138.6%581143-9246.7%6513
2/21/2020BOSTON117-127L8.5L225.5O36-8940.4%51844-9546.3%6610
2/23/2020@ DENVER              
2/24/2020@ DALLAS              
2/26/2020@ MIAMI              
2/28/2020@ ORLANDO              
3/1/2020DALLAS              
3/3/2020@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/4/2020CHICAGO              
3/6/2020ORLANDO              
3/8/2020NEW ORLEANS              
3/10/2020@ HOUSTON              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/15/2020CHARLOTTE100-86W-11.5W210U38-7948.1%521133-8140.7%5314
1/16/2020@ GOLDEN STATE134-131W-3T213.5O47-10047.0%642042-9444.7%4818
1/19/2020INDIANA107-115L1L213.5O41-8846.6%58943-8650.0%4514
1/20/2020@ MINNESOTA107-100W3.5W221U43-9047.8%591338-9141.8%469
1/22/2020@ HOUSTON105-121L10L226.5U42-9245.7%451542-8947.2%6017
1/24/2020@ NEW ORLEANS113-106W4W229.5U40-10637.7%671138-8246.3%5517
1/26/2020HOUSTON117-110W-2W225.5O44-9347.3%541440-8845.5%5316
1/28/2020@ MEMPHIS96-104L1L224U32-8637.2%511946-8256.1%5016
1/30/2020UTAH106-100W2.5W211.5U40-8547.1%52936-7846.2%4516
1/31/2020@ MILWAUKEE127-115W13W225.5O48-10048.0%551243-9545.3%5813
2/2/2020@ DETROIT123-128L-2L211.5O48-9650.0%53948-9451.1%5211
2/4/2020PORTLAND127-99W-4.5W225.5O46-9051.1%671336-9139.6%439
2/5/2020@ UTAH98-95W9.5W217U39-9043.3%571136-8641.9%5414
2/8/2020@ PHOENIX117-108W-3.5W218O45-8254.9%461438-8743.7%4513
2/10/2020SAN ANTONIO127-120W-6.5W216O45-8056.2%431041-8548.2%4310
2/12/2020LA LAKERS116-120L3L220.5O44-8850.0%501047-9350.5%5812
2/21/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY101-113L1.5L216U37-7748.1%451940-8746.0%4712
2/23/2020MINNESOTA              
2/25/2020DETROIT              
2/28/2020@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/1/2020TORONTO              
3/3/2020GOLDEN STATE              
3/5/2020@ CHARLOTTE              
3/7/2020@ CLEVELAND              
3/9/2020MILWAUKEE              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
PREVIEW
Healthy Nuggets take on struggling Timberwolves
 

The Denver Nuggets had two things happen Friday night that had not occurred in a while -- one positive and one negative.

The upside was the Nuggets were fully healthy for the first time in a couple of months, but that was tempered by a 113-101 defeat at Oklahoma City. It was Denver's first Northwest Division loss this season, a run of success that included big road wins at Portland and Utah.

The Nuggets can turn that around Sunday when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fourth and final time this season.

While the Timberwolves are struggling with 16 losses in 17 games, they enter knowing they have played Denver tough in the first three games. They lost by two points in overtime and fell by seven points and nine points.

The Timberwolves lost 109-100 on Dec. 20 when they were in the midst of an 11-game losing streak. They also lost 107-100 to Denver on Jan. 20 when they were middle of a 13-game slide. Things don't figure to get any easier for the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Gone is Andrew Wiggins who was traded, and while D'Angelo Russell came over from Golden State in that deal, the Timberwolves will be without Karl-Anthony Towns for at least two weeks with a fractured wrist.

It's a big blow for Minnesota, which was trying to find some rhythm between Towns and Russell.

"He's a huge part of what we do," Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. "His ability to score inside, score outside, we've looked forward to him and D'Angelo getting to share the court together as we continue to build and continue to work toward our ultimate goal. We saw that's not going to happen these next couple of weeks here."

The Nuggets can empathize with the Timberwolves. Every Denver starter but Nikola Jokic has missed multiple games and the team had just seven players available in the win at Utah on Feb. 5.

Before the break Will Barton, Mason Plumlee and Michael Porter Jr. all were on the shelf for the Nuggets but they returned for Friday's game.

The deep roster will help, but Denver has struggled to integrate everybody into what was a tight rotation.

"I really didn't know how it was going to play out. We got a lot of guys; everybody's healthy now," Porter said after Friday's loss. "My first game back, I really didn't know when I'd get in. I've got to get back in a rhythm, and I think the (Minnesota) game will be a lot better."

The Nuggets survived a brief scare Friday when guard Jamal Murray had an awkward landing on his leg. He was able to stay in the game after stretching his hip during a timeout.

Murray and Jokic have carried the team during the latest injury spell. Jokic has averaged 27.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists in February. Murray, who had 21 points against the Thunder, averaged 29.0 points in the five games leading up to the All-Star break.

With the team now healthy, the offensive load can be shared, and Murray believes it makes Denver a dangerous opponent over their last 26 games.

"It's two different teams," Murray said. "We've got everybody healthy. That's when we're deadly."

--Field Level Media


Last Updated: 4/6/2020 4:50:52 AM EST


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