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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 12/18/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (16 - 13) at MINNESOTA (17 - 13)
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-13-6.613-138-21102.750.444.3%54.3100.550.344.2%50.2
Road Games9-5+3.29-44-10103.349.344.1%55.798.747.642.8%52.6
Last 5 Games3-2+1.65-01-4102.251.646.4%47.6101.852.445.0%52.6
Division Games2-1+1.42-11-2101.747.746.7%55.097.744.739.5%50.3
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.750.438-8544.3%9-2537.7%18-2281.1%541018206145
vs opponents surrendering106.553.939-8645.9%10-2936.7%17-2376.6%521022208145
Team Stats (Road Games)103.349.338-8544.1%9-2336.6%19-2479.3%561017207146
Stats Against (All Games)100.550.337-8544.2%9-2534.8%17-2374.4%50918208135
vs opponents averaging105.553.339-8546.0%10-2936.1%17-2275.6%511023218155
Stats Against (Road Games)98.747.637-8642.8%8-2434.3%17-2373.3%53919207136

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-13-15.212-1615-14107.655.847.0%50.1106.452.948.0%48.2
Home Games10-6-11.85-107-8107.556.446.9%51.3104.351.448.0%47.1
Last 5 Games3-2-7.52-33-2109.454.848.1%50.2104.248.445.3%50.6
Division Games4-1+3.64-13-1110.055.449.2%49.4107.052.248.3%42.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.655.840-8547.0%8-2335.7%19-2578.9%501123189134
vs opponents surrendering104.952.539-8545.8%10-2936.4%17-2276.5%521022208145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.556.440-8646.9%8-2335.5%19-2575.9%511223189124
Stats Against (All Games)106.452.940-8448.0%11-2936.7%15-1978.0%481024227165
vs opponents averaging103.952.339-8545.3%10-2936.4%16-2275.6%511022208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.351.439-8248.0%11-2839.0%14-1977.2%47924226154
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 94.5,  MINNESOTA 95.3
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/17/2017@ SACRAMENTO82-86L-7L199U30-8137.0%521736-8542.4%5413
11/20/2017@ MEMPHIS100-92W-1.5W197U33-8339.8%711533-8638.4%418
11/22/2017@ PHILADELPHIA81-101L4L211U30-8933.7%611739-9043.3%6418
11/24/2017@ BROOKLYN127-125W-4L210.5O48-9650.0%56750-10050.0%589
11/25/2017@ WASHINGTON108-105W4W202O41-8051.2%471641-8946.1%4611
11/27/2017@ NEW YORK103-91W-1.5W203.5U37-8344.6%54935-8839.8%5513
12/2/2017NEW ORLEANS116-123L-7.5L211.5O47-10544.8%51545-8652.3%5511
12/11/2017@ GOLDEN STATE104-111L8W217.5U37-8842.0%43944-8055.0%5014
12/13/2017@ MIAMI102-95W2.5W204.5U36-7250.0%381134-7247.2%4815
12/15/2017@ ORLANDO95-88W-4.5W208.5U37-8643.0%511432-8438.1%5715
12/16/2017@ CHARLOTTE93-91W3.5W204U37-8046.2%611933-9634.4%646
12/18/2017@ MINNESOTA              
12/20/2017SAN ANTONIO              
12/23/2017@ LA LAKERS              
12/30/2017@ ATLANTA              
1/1/2018@ CHICAGO              
1/2/2018@ CLEVELAND              

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              
1/3/2018@ BROOKLYN              
PORTLAND: The Blazers made few changes in the offseason, sticking with a nucleus of backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who joined the team via trade last season and helped fuel a push to the playoffs. The 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast dropped lost about 35 pounds over the offseason in an effort to become quicker and more agile. A fan favorite, Nurkic suggested going into this season that the Blazers should become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of the 1980's and early '90s. A key for Nurkic'and the Blazers'is whether he can stay healthy. Another key will be who steps up to provide support for that trio. One candidate is rookie Caleb Swanigan, who was impressive in the preseason with Noah Vonleh recovering from a shoulder injury.
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 could be without Butler vs. Blazers

MINNEAPOLIS -- A disappointing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday has the Minnesota Timberwolves searching for consistency and the right formula to bring out their best.

With the Portland Trail Blazers coming to town Monday, Minnesota has a new worry: the health of Jimmy Butler.

Butler was injured in the Saturday loss, going to the locker room before returning to the court and trying to push the Timberwolves to victory while wincing through back pain. Minnesota listed Butler questionable for the home game against Portland.

"I could tell his back was bothering him," Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said. "He was in a lot of pain. Every time he was trying to move, every time he was trying to cut, he was in a lot of pain. He tried to thug it out, being the warrior that he is."

Portland (16-13) is healthy and trying pass on Minnesota (17-13), which sits in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers have won three consecutive games after beating the Charlotte Hornets 93-91 on Saturday. They finish up a five-game road trip Monday with their first game against the Timberwolves this season.

"It's the NBA; wins and losses is all that matters," Portland guard CJ McCollum told the team's website after the Saturday win. "No one remembers (which teams you beat), they only remember (the losses). So got to continue to build on that, finish the road trip off strong in Minnesota.

"They're going to be ready to play, it's going to be another good environment with a good crowd. ... Just got to keep trying to push forward, take advantage of games and the play better at home once we get back."

The Trail Blazers have won seven of their past nine meetings with the Timberwolves.

McCollum scored 25 points against Charlotte, and Damian Lillard had 18 points and 11 assists. However, Portland's winning streak has been put together with strong defense.

The Blazers have held the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Charlotte to 95 points or less. Portland is fourth in the NBA in defensive rating, giving up 101.5 points per 100 possessions.

"Three road wins in a row is pretty good," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "The last few minutes were kind of exciting, but I was proud that we were able to hang on.

"Nothing's easy. That's part of the NBA. It would be nice to have a 20-point win, but those are hard to come by."

Defense has held Minnesota back this season.

While the team is off to the third-best start in franchise history after 30 games, there is a sense the Timberwolves have not fulfilled their potential after adding Butler, Gibson and Jeff Teague to Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Minnesota ranks fifth in the NBA in offensive rating but is 25th in defensive rating, allowing 107.6 points per 100 possessions.

The fourth quarter -- when Phoenix outscored Minnesota 31-25 on Saturday -- has been a particular issue. The Timberwolves are 28th in the league in fourth-quarter scoring and have the largest deficit in scoring margin in the fourth of any team in the NBA.

"You saw what happened. We gave the game up," Towns said. "We gave it away about three times in the game, and we couldn't pull it out at the end."

And now the Timberwolves might be without Butler, who was held out of much of the Sunday practice due to back spasms.

"He didn't do much today," coach Tom Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Just getting treatment. We'll see how he is (Monday)."

Butler missed two games in October because of illness, and Minnesota lost both in disappointing fashion. A 130-107 home defeat to Indiana was followed by a 122-101 loss at Detroit.

Last Updated: 12/16/2018 11:23:53 AM EST

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