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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/25/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (48 - 38) at HOUSTON (68 - 18)
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Wednesday, 4/25/2018 9:35 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 5 - HOU Leads 3-1
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-38-27.340-4347-38109.155.347.5%50.0107.353.547.3%49.2
Road Games17-26-21.318-2321-22106.853.746.9%48.7108.553.747.5%50.5
Last 5 Games2-3-0.23-23-2103.250.045.4%54.6107.252.843.4%54.2
Playoff Games1-3-1.22-22-2101.047.044.9%55.5107.552.542.9%53.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.155.341-8647.5%8-2235.9%19-2480.0%501023188124
vs opponents surrendering106.253.540-8646.0%10-2936.1%17-2276.5%521023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)106.853.740-8546.9%8-2235.2%19-2481.4%491021188124
Stats Against (All Games)107.353.540-8547.3%11-3036.4%16-2177.7%491024217145
vs opponents averaging106.653.840-8646.0%11-3036.1%17-2276.4%521023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.553.741-8647.5%11-3136.0%16-2177.7%501024207145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games68-18+2243-4136-49112.158.345.8%51.4103.751.946.2%50.9
Home Games36-7+4.818-2419-24113.959.746.1%53.0104.352.446.1%50.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0.22-32-3102.650.841.9%52.0100.048.045.4%55.8
Playoff Games3-1+0.82-22-2107.552.542.9%53.2101.047.044.9%55.5
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.158.339-8445.8%15-4236.0%20-2577.9%51921199135
vs opponents surrendering106.553.640-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)113.959.739-8546.1%15-4335.4%20-2676.7%53922199135
Stats Against (All Games)103.751.939-8546.2%10-2935.2%15-2074.5%51922207144
vs opponents averaging106.253.440-8646.1%10-2836.0%17-2276.7%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.352.440-8646.1%10-2834.2%15-2174.2%51922217144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96,  HOUSTON 95.7
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ HOUSTON82-102L10.5L216U31-8038.7%561635-9636.5%659
4/25/2018@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ MINNESOTA105-121L-5.5L214.5O37-8145.7%491045-9050.0%557
4/23/2018@ MINNESOTA119-100W-6W217O40-9243.5%51639-8446.4%5816
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.
Rockets aim to close out Timberwolves

HOUSTON -- There was an undeniable inevitability in the Houston Rockets finally unleashing their full potential offensively, with the only legitimate ambiguity being exactly when it would happen.

That moment arrived without warning in the third quarter of Game 4, with Houston producing a 50-point outburst that staggered the Minnesota Timberwolves and gave the Rockets control of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Houston used that eruption to propel it toward a 119-100 victory on Monday night at the Target Center, giving the Rockets a 3-1 lead in the series. It also gave Houston the opportunity to conclude the series at Toyota Center in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The Rockets had trudged along on offense even while establishing a 2-1 series lead, averaging a pedestrian 103.7 points entering Game 4 while producing a modest 31.5 percentage on 3-pointers. Houston flirted with statistical immortality during the regular season, ranking among the most efficient offenses in league history before losing its edge over the final weeks of the schedule, specifically after the Rockets clinched the top seed in the West at the end of March.

Over their final six regular-season games, the Rockets posted an offensive rating (101.3) that ranked 26th in the NBA. That lagging momentum carried over into the playoffs until the second half on Monday when the Rockets broke free from their lethargy and reclaimed their identity.

"We talked about it going into the game about being aggressive, and I think we all just tried to do that," said Rockets guard Chris Paul, who paired 25 points with six assists in the victory.

"Just the entire team, we were confident," said Rockets guard James Harden, who scored a franchise playoff-record 22 points in the third quarter en route to a game-high 36. "We had a good talk (Sunday), a good practice (Sunday). And even most of the guys stayed after practice just to shoot, shoot the basketball and be aggressive. We had the mentality to be aggressive. Make or miss shots, that's what we do. We shoot the basketball, and eventually, they start falling."

In producing the second-most points in any quarter in NBA postseason history, the Rockets not only pushed the Timberwolves to the brink of elimination, they put Minnesota in the precarious position of having to acknowledge what has been obvious all along. The Timberwolves' defense wasn't explicitly responsible for the Rockets' wayward perimeter shooting entering Monday, and when Houston converts open looks at an average clip -- the Rockets shot 16 of 43 on 3s -- the Timberwolves are essentially helpless at stopping the deluge.

As postseason series extend, team identities solidify. The Rockets reclaiming their offensive rhythm was as predictable an outcome as the Timberwolves showcasing their defensive warts.

Minnesota closed the season ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency (108.4), with the foundation of its four losses to the Rockets set on the defensive end. It might be easy to dismiss a 50-point period as an anomaly, but the reality of the Rockets' offensive momentum can't be denied. The Timberwolves staved off the inevitable for three-plus games and are now left to hope that the Rockets will start missing again in order for this series to include a return trip to Minneapolis.

"How many points did they score in the third? Fifty? Exactly," Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose said. "Do we even have to say something? It can be seen easily what happened in the game and why they took off. Our job is to look at film, see what our mistakes were, and try to execute a little better on the defensive end."

Said Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns: "You've got to give it to them. There's a reason they're the team they are."

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