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Friday 10/20/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (1 - 0) at MINNESOTA (0 - 1)
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-0+11-00-1106.049.050.6%
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games1-0+11-00-1106.049.050.6%
Division Games1-0+11-00-1106.049.050.6%
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.049.041-8150.6%9-2437.5%15-1693.7%40628189155
vs opponents surrendering1064941-8150.6%9-2437.5%15-1693.7%40628189155
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)96.058.036-7746.8%13-2748.1%11-1291.7%43721184213
vs opponents averaging965836-7746.8%13-2748.1%11-1291.7%43721184213
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-1-1.20-11-
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-1-1.20-11-
Division Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.049.037-8543.5%8-1942.1%17-2373.9%481123167134
vs opponents surrendering994937-8543.5%8-1942.1%17-2373.9%481123167134
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)107.053.041-8946.1%8-2138.1%17-1989.5%5612221881111
vs opponents averaging1075341-8946.1%8-2138.1%17-1989.5%5612221881111
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 101,  MINNESOTA 101
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2017@ MINNESOTA              
10/21/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/24/2017@ LA CLIPPERS              
10/25/2017@ PHOENIX              
10/28/2017LA LAKERS              
11/5/2017@ HOUSTON              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/18/2017@ SAN ANTONIO99-107L-1L204O37-8543.5%481341-8946.1%5611
10/22/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/25/2017@ DETROIT              
10/27/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/30/2017@ MIAMI              
11/1/2017@ NEW ORLEANS              
UTAH: The Jazz could be challenged to secure a second consecutive playoff berth, which would mean back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time this decade. While the West got deeper, the Jazz lost their lone All-Star in Gordon Hayward and second-leading scorer in George Hill. That means Rodney Hood enters his fourth season on a contract year with much more responsibility on his shoulders. When Hayward and Hill left they took a combined 38.8 points per game with them and the Jazz didn't sign any true scoring threats. Hood, a slick-shooting lefty, has his sights on the most improved player award. Utah will remain one of the best defensive teams in the league with Rudy Gobert as the anchor, but scoring will be difficult.
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.
Utah's Rubio gets eary chance to haunt Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson aren't the only new parts of the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.

Minnesota unveiled its most drastic uniform change in several years this season, and awaiting the Timberwolves on Friday night is a new court at the remodeled Target Center.

A friendly face will mark the occasion of Minnesota's home opener Friday as well.

Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves' first-round draft choice in 2009, returns to Minnesota as a member of the Utah Jazz after being traded in the offseason.

The move was part of an overhaul by Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau in the offseason, installing Teague to replace the point guard with whom he never seemed to mesh, while also adding Butler and Gibson.

The three new starters -- who joined young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins -- certainly bring new optimism for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 13 years. Learning to play together likely will take time. The Timberwolves found that our firsthand while losing 107-99 at San Antonio in their season opener on Wednesday night.

Wiggins led the team with 26 points, Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Butler finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Minnesota led by one point with five minutes remaining but was outscored 16-5 the rest of the way.

"We didn't close out the way we needed to against a team like that," Thibodeau said. "You have to play, particularly down the stretch. We just have to do better. We didn't have a lot of turnovers, but the ones we had were very costly. That's something we have to take a look at."

Teague, in particular, didn't close out the game. He was on the bench much of the fourth quarter with Tyus Jones playing point guard. Teague had 11 points and six assists.

Now Rubio, whose departure from Minnesota will always be linked to Thibodeau, comes to town.

Rubio had nine points and 10 assists in Utah's 106-96 season-opening win against Denver on Wednesday. He became the third-quickest active NBA player to hit 3,000 assists, completing the task in 354 games. Chris Paul (304 games) and John Wall (347) are the only players to reach the mark faster.

The Jazz are pleased with their return in the Rubio trade, which included a protected first-round pick sent to Minnesota.

"Far surpassed my expectations," Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey told the Salt Lake Tribune. "And all of our intel was excellent with Ricky."

Rubio added five rebounds and two steals in the Jazz's win on Wednesday. Rudy Gobert contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds. Alec Burks supplied some scoring off the bench with 16 points.

"The points may come from different places every night," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We just want to score. However the guys are generating them and however the game unfolds, we have to be opportunistic in who attacks and who scores. Try to find on the court the guys that have advantages."

Rubio is known for his acumen of finding the advantage with slick passing. He will also be a central figure as the Jazz and Timberwolves likely battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference this season.

Minnesota opens the season with four consecutive games against teams that made the playoffs last season.

"We didn't rebound like we were capable of, and we turned the ball over late in the game and we can't do that," Butler said after the Wednesday loss. "They got what they wanted to get. ... We put ourselves in a position to win, though. They did what they were supposed to do, and we didn't."

Utah was 3-1 against the Timberwolves last season.

Last Updated: 9/25/2018 11:48:55 PM EST

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