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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (47 - 36) at HOUSTON (66 - 17)
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Wednesday, 4/18/2018 9:35 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - HOU Leads 1-0
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games47-36-27.139-4145-37109.455.647.6%49.8107.253.647.5%49.0
Road Games17-25-20.318-2221-21107.454.047.1%48.5108.753.747.8%50.1
Last 5 Games3-205-01-4107.054.045.0%54.6100.054.042.5%53.8
Playoff Games0-1-11-00-1101.047.043.7%53.0104.054.047.0%48.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.455.641-8647.6%8-2335.7%19-2480.4%501023188124
vs opponents surrendering106.353.640-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.5%521023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)107.454.040-8547.1%8-2235.3%20-2481.6%481021188124
Stats Against (All Games)107.253.640-8547.5%11-3036.5%16-2177.8%491024216145
vs opponents averaging106.553.740-8646.0%11-3036.1%17-2276.4%521023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.753.741-8547.8%11-3036.2%16-2177.8%501025207145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games66-17+22.241-4034-48112.358.546.0%51.3103.852.146.2%50.7
Home Games35-7+3.817-2419-23114.159.846.3%52.7104.952.746.3%50.6
Last 5 Games3-2+0.20-50-598.056.444.0%49.299.650.443.7%54.6
Playoff Games1-0+10-10-1104.054.047.0%48.0101.047.043.7%53.0
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.358.539-8446.0%15-4236.1%20-2578.0%51921199135
vs opponents surrendering106.453.640-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)114.159.839-8546.3%15-4335.5%20-2776.7%53922199135
Stats Against (All Games)103.852.140-8546.2%10-2935.0%15-2074.7%51922207144
vs opponents averaging106.153.440-8646.1%10-2836.1%17-2276.7%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.952.740-8646.3%10-2934.3%15-2174.2%51922217144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 95.9,  HOUSTON 95.7
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/11/2018GOLDEN STATE109-103W3.5W224U44-9546.3%57937-9140.7%5613
3/13/2018@ WASHINGTON116-111W3W218O46-8752.9%441042-8251.2%4511
3/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO101-117L4.5L213O39-8148.1%491649-9651.0%455
3/20/2018LA CLIPPERS123-109W-3.5W229O45-8652.3%471140-9343.0%5310
3/23/2018@ NEW YORK108-104W-6L226U35-7546.7%511440-9243.5%5010
3/24/2018@ PHILADELPHIA108-120L8L224O37-9738.1%661442-8847.7%6315
3/30/2018@ DALLAS93-92W-5L216U35-8342.2%47938-8544.7%5214
4/5/2018@ DENVER96-100L4.5W224U39-9142.9%54835-8939.3%5910
4/6/2018@ LA LAKERS113-96W-5W221.5U43-10043.0%55531-7939.2%6320
4/15/2018@ HOUSTON101-104L11.5W215U35-8043.7%531339-8347.0%4811
4/18/2018@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/9/2018@ TORONTO105-108L-3L220U40-8149.4%441341-8548.2%5116
3/11/2018@ DALLAS105-82W-10W211.5U39-8446.4%511133-9435.1%6610
3/12/2018SAN ANTONIO109-93W-11W212U39-8048.7%571533-8140.7%4413
3/15/2018LA CLIPPERS101-96W-11L225U35-9038.9%591144-9745.4%579
3/17/2018@ NEW ORLEANS107-101W-8.5L226.5U39-9242.4%53841-8150.6%4514
3/18/2018@ MINNESOTA129-120W-7.5W223O43-7855.1%401145-8652.3%5112
3/20/2018@ PORTLAND115-111W-4T218O38-7948.1%50940-8149.4%488
3/24/2018NEW ORLEANS114-91W-8.5W225U45-9348.4%581938-9639.6%5316
4/1/2018@ SAN ANTONIO83-100L1L205U26-7733.8%51940-8149.4%538
4/7/2018OKLAHOMA CITY102-108L-4L220.5U36-7647.4%521736-9139.6%5711
4/10/2018@ LA LAKERS105-99W-8L218U37-8842.0%541838-9042.2%5217
4/11/2018@ SACRAMENTO83-96L2.5L201U31-8237.8%471438-8047.5%5711
4/21/2018@ MINNESOTA              
4/23/2018@ MINNESOTA              
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.
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.
Timberwolves aim to slow down Rockets' Harden

HOUSTON -- At first blush the Minnesota Timberwolves got what they wanted in Game 1 on Sunday, limiting the Houston Rockets to a substandard shooting performance from the perimeter after being overrun by a hail of 3-pointers while being dismantled in all four regular-season meetings.

But what went wrong proved costly for Minnesota. Despite the sound strategy of running multiple bodies in the direction of Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, the Timberwolves' defense resembled a sieve as Harden produced 44 points and eight assists in a 104-101 victory.

If the Timberwolves can again harass Houston into 10-for-37 shooting from behind the arc on Wednesday at Toyota Center in Game 2 of this Western Conference first-round playoff series, they will have met one of their primary objectives. However, preventing Harden from torching their defense is a game plan that must be executed in concert with blanketing the 3-point line.

"It's got to be a lot better," said Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, who drew the primary assignment on Harden. "I've got to do my job more effectively. What do you want: a free throw, a 3-pointer, a layup? He got whatever he wanted in that game and I've got to be better at taking it away.

"He's a (heck) of a player; everybody knows that. But you don't just guard him with one guy, it's everybody out there. Everybody has to be in the correct position to challenge shots, contest him at the rim. If there is a miss we've got to get the rebound and take off the other way. But we didn't do any of that. We've got to be better on Wednesday."

Another goal for Minnesota is to unlock a method to better utilize the supreme talents of All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns on offense. Towns was second on the team in scoring during the regular season, averaging 21.3 points while attempting 14.3 shots per game. In the series opener, he tallied eight points on nine shots and was unable to take advantage of the situation when he occasionally worked against smaller defenders in the Rockets' switch-oriented defense.

The Timberwolves nearly overcame Towns' lack of production by relying on a multitude of contributors. Five players scored in double figures led by Andrew Wiggins' 18 points and the combined 28 points from the starting backcourt of Jeff Teague and Butler. Reserves Jamal Crawford and Derrick Rose totaled 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting to provide needed balance.

"The important thing is it's not a one-on-one game, and so everyone has to understand that," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If they're going to double team that means it's going to be easy for other people and if they're going to switch we have to make the right reads. If we're making the right play the game will tell you who's going to get the shots. And as long as we take good shots then I think we're going to score."

Per usual, the Rockets shook off their poor shooting as an anomaly and relished their ability to thrive in the paint instead. Houston outpaced the bigger Timberwolves 54-44 on paint points with Harden feasting both on driving layups and pinpoint passes to center Clint Capela, who finished 10 of 15 for 24 points. Harden produced six layups or dunks and assisted on six more, fueling an offense often described as 3-point depended yet again proved versatile and efficient.

"I think every single night we take what the defense gives us," Harden said. "Unfortunately, we didn't knock down the 3-ball -- Game 2 that will be different -- but just getting to the basket, finishing, not only myself but Chris (Paul), Clint, the entire team. We're not going to try to force anything. We're going to take what they give us and have confidence in our shot. That's all we've been doing and that's the reason why we're here."

Last Updated: 7/17/2019 11:47:45 AM EST

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