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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/16/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (9 - 21) at MINNESOTA (17 - 12)
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Saturday, 12/16/2017 8:05 PM
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-21+1.914-1517-12106.652.244.6%54.6114.557.846.8%54.9
Road Games5-9+6.48-59-5108.152.745.1%53.1115.056.547.8%53.1
Last 5 Games0-5-43-22-2102.848.044.8%48.6110.654.246.0%55.6
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.652.239-8844.6%8-2632.9%19-2675.5%551120227155
vs opponents surrendering104.952.839-8545.8%10-2835.9%17-2276.4%511022208145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.152.740-8845.1%9-2635.3%20-2577.2%531122217154
Stats Against (All Games)114.557.842-9046.8%10-2837.6%20-2676.0%551123239135
vs opponents averaging104.852.739-8645.7%10-2835.8%17-2276.1%521022208145
Stats Against (Road Games)115.056.543-9047.8%11-2837.8%18-2377.8%531025229125

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-12-6.812-1515-13107.756.047.2%50.2106.353.248.1%47.9
Home Games10-5-3.35-97-7107.656.847.3%51.7104.152.148.1%46.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0.42-33-2106.655.448.7%48.4101.651.245.6%48.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.756.040-8547.2%8-2335.8%20-2579.2%501123189134
vs opponents surrendering104.752.539-8545.7%10-2936.3%17-2276.6%521022208155
Team Stats (Home Games)107.656.840-8547.3%8-2335.7%19-2576.2%521224189124
Stats Against (All Games)106.353.241-8548.1%11-2936.4%14-1877.3%481024227155
vs opponents averaging103.952.439-8545.3%10-2936.4%16-2275.6%511022208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.152.140-8348.1%11-2938.6%13-1875.7%46924226154
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 94.6,  MINNESOTA 95.5
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/13/2017LA LAKERS93-100L-1L230.5U37-9538.9%681539-9242.4%5616
11/17/2017@ LA LAKERS122-113W7.5W228.5O48-10247.1%561445-9149.5%5819
11/24/2017NEW ORLEANS91-115L6.5L225.5U37-9439.4%521645-9149.5%6016
11/26/2017@ MINNESOTA108-119L11T220.5O43-8550.6%401549-9352.7%5410
11/28/2017@ CHICAGO104-99W1.5W212.5U38-8743.7%671538-9440.4%479
11/29/2017@ DETROIT107-131L11.5L217O39-8446.4%441951-8957.3%5019
12/2/2017@ BOSTON111-116L12.5W217.5O48-10147.5%601042-8052.5%399
12/4/2017@ PHILADELPHIA115-101W10W227U44-9148.4%501139-9142.9%5414
12/5/2017@ TORONTO113-126L14.5W224.5O37-7549.3%451744-9247.8%5215
12/9/2017SAN ANTONIO101-104L4.5W205P35-8043.7%461040-8746.0%5915
12/12/2017@ SACRAMENTO92-99L4.5L210.5U37-9041.1%521238-8942.7%619
12/16/2017@ MINNESOTA              
12/18/2017@ DALLAS              
12/20/2017@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/29/2017@ SACRAMENTO              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/8/2017@ GOLDEN STATE101-125L8.5L227U38-9241.3%531348-8556.5%4919
11/11/2017@ PHOENIX110-118L-10L231U39-9640.6%551146-8653.5%5718
11/13/2017@ UTAH109-98W-3W210U37-7152.1%491537-8444.0%3715
11/15/2017SAN ANTONIO98-86W-5W208.5U39-8744.8%49633-7941.8%5216
11/17/2017@ DALLAS111-87W-6W211.5U39-8446.4%551032-8637.2%4911
11/20/2017@ CHARLOTTE102-118L2.5L211O37-9041.1%461042-8549.4%6017
11/29/2017@ NEW ORLEANS120-102W6W214.5O47-8158.0%481739-8446.4%3416
12/1/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY107-111L5W208.5O39-7651.3%341641-7951.9%4618
12/3/2017LA CLIPPERS112-106W-12L214O38-8843.2%51737-7350.7%4316
12/4/2017@ MEMPHIS92-95L-2.5L201U35-7944.3%37934-7247.2%4916
12/6/2017@ LA CLIPPERS113-107W-5W210.5O45-8254.9%531544-9944.4%509
12/20/2017@ DENVER              
12/23/2017@ PHOENIX              
12/25/2017@ LA LAKERS              
12/28/2017@ MILWAUKEE              
12/31/2017@ INDIANA              
1/1/2018LA LAKERS              
PHOENIX: The Suns are resisting any urge to add high-salary veterans, if they could, for a quick fix to maybe contend for the last one or two playoff spots in the tough Western Conference. Instead, they are sticking with the young core they hope will develop into a contender, although it might take a few years. Devin Booker, already a prolific scorer, will look to expand his game and continue his development as one of the NBA's top players. Josh Jackson was the fourth overall pick in the draft out of Kansas and has made an immediate impression in the preseason with his scoring, defense and rebounding. His tough persona fills a Suns need, too. Just 20 years old, he fits right in with the Suns long-term plans build from within and eventually climb back into contention. But wins could be few and far between in this, the franchise's 50th year.
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.
Timberwolves take on slumping Suns

MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns is a young, talented and proud player, but the Minnesota Timberwolves' star center's pride took a big hit when his Philadelphia 76ers counterpart, Joel Embiid, left Minneapolis on Tuesday with a near triple-double (28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists) and a 118-112 Sixers' win.

Towns publicly shamed himself afterward, shouldering the blame for Embiid's monster game and his team's loss. Two nights later, Towns funneled that frustration into a 30-point, 14-rebound and a season-high five-block performance in Minnesota's 119-96 home win over the Sacramento Kings.

"I came to be an assassin tonight, not a basketball player," Towns said Thursday night. "I wanted to try to be as active as possible and just disrupt the game as much as possible as well."

Towns added five assists as the trio of Towns, Jimmy Butler and point guard Jeff Teague combined for 20 of the Timberwolves' 29 assists.

"When we play like that and share the ball, we're going to score," said coach Tom Thibodeau, whose Timberwolves host the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Towns praised his team's effort on both ends of the court.

"We did a great job with team defense, stopping the transition points, which has been a problem for us," Towns said. "We did a great job of alleviating that tonight."

In its three December losses, Minnesota (17-12) has averaged nearly an 11-point deficit in fast-break points whereas the Timberwolves have outscored their opponents by an average of six points per game on the break in four wins this month.

For the season, Minnesota is in the NBA's bottom 10 in both fast-break points scored (9.2) and allowed (13.0) per game. After being outscored 14-5 on fast-break points by Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Wolves topped the Kings 13-3 in Thursday's win.

Minnesota hopes to build off that against a Suns team allowing 13.7 points per game in transition, but the Timberwolves don't expect much of a defensive battle when the Suns visit Target Center.

The NBA's 25th (Minnesota) and 30th (Phoenix) rated teams defensively have split two previous meetings this season with each team winning on its home floor and averaging a combined 228 points per game.

Phoenix (9-21) arrives in Minneapolis having dropped each of its last five games and 10 of its last 12 following Wednesday's 115-109 home loss to Toronto. The Suns are 0-4 since losing leading scorer Devin Booker (24.3 points) to an adductor injury, and frustration is mounting.

"We want to get some wins," point guard Tyler Ulis told the Arizona Republic. "We're going out there and fighting, playing our hearts out, but we just want to come up with a couple."

The Suns battled the No. 3 team in the East hard, but came up short despite 55 points from the bench, including a career-high 32 points and seven 3-pointers from Troy Daniels.

The Suns' bench ranks eighth in the NBA with 39.4 points per game, while Minnesota's 25.7-point bench average is 27th in the league.

"I thought our bench was really good tonight, and that's why they played as many minutes as they did," Phoenix coach Jay Triano said. "We rolled with them because they were earning the minutes."

Daniels made seven of his 10 3-point attempts to join Wesley Person as the only Suns player with multiple games of seven-plus triples off the bench in a season.

"We tried to keep him on the floor as much as we can," Triano said. "He's got an NBA skill of being able to really shoot the basketball and it's good to see him have a great night."

"My teammates were finding me," said Daniels who is averaging 14.8 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 43.6 percent from 3-point range. "I had a couple go in early, which is very important, and the rest were just falling."

His teammates struggled from beyond the arc, however, going just 1 of 14 from long range. Phoenix ranks 29th in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (32.9), but the Timberwolves don't offer much in the way of deep threats either. Minnesota ranks in the bottom five in the NBA in 3-point attempts (22.8) and makes (8.1) and are No. 21 in percentage (35.8).

Phoenix has won nine of its last 16 games at Target Center where Minnesota's 10-5 home record this season matches its second-best 15-game start at home in club history. The Suns lead the all-time series 68-39, including 29-23 in Minnesota.

Last Updated: 3/24/2018 2:55:15 PM EST

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