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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




CHICAGO (20 - 38) at MINNESOTA (36 - 26)
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CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-38-3.130-2531-27103.551.443.8%52.2109.354.446.9%53.0
Road Games7-21-2.215-1217-11104.451.344.1%51.8113.055.647.5%53.0
Last 5 Games2-3+0.52-33-2104.454.645.1%53.6110.660.448.2%49.0
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.551.439-8943.8%11-3135.9%15-1976.7%52924197134
vs opponents surrendering105.853.339-8645.9%10-2935.9%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)104.451.339-8844.1%11-3035.7%16-2176.3%52923207133
Stats Against (All Games)109.354.441-8746.9%11-3136.8%16-2178.1%53825187125
vs opponents averaging106.453.840-8646.4%10-2836.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)113.055.642-8747.5%12-3238.6%17-2278.7%53925197125

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-26-18.428-3133-28109.656.247.9%49.6107.052.447.8%48.2
Home Games24-7+1.215-1517-13111.157.548.2%51.4104.551.347.1%47.1
Last 5 Games2-3-3.30-54-1110.657.846.6%49.0115.456.848.1%50.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.656.241-8647.9%8-2235.6%19-2480.2%501023189124
vs opponents surrendering106.453.740-8646.1%10-2936.2%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.157.542-8648.2%8-2335.6%20-2579.1%511124189115
Stats Against (All Games)107.052.440-8447.8%11-3036.8%15-2078.1%481024216154
vs opponents averaging106.453.839-8646.0%11-2936.1%17-2276.3%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.551.339-8347.1%11-2936.4%15-2078.1%471023226154
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 95.6,  MINNESOTA 95.6
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/17/2018GOLDEN STATE112-119L8.5W232.5U45-10642.5%541142-8450.0%5315
1/20/2018@ ATLANTA113-97W2W217U40-8050.0%501635-9238.0%5613
1/22/2018@ NEW ORLEANS128-132L6.5W226O45-9248.9%592447-11341.6%6213
1/24/2018@ PHILADELPHIA101-115L5.5L217U36-9438.3%531142-8151.9%5314
1/26/2018LA LAKERS103-108L-4L222U35-9337.6%671341-9145.1%569
1/31/2018@ PORTLAND108-124L8L211O41-9941.4%49646-8256.1%5717
2/3/2018@ LA CLIPPERS103-113L8L220.5U35-9736.1%541140-8845.5%6013
2/5/2018@ SACRAMENTO98-104L2L212U32-8040.0%511237-8444.0%5411
2/24/2018@ MINNESOTA              
2/26/2018@ BROOKLYN              
2/27/2018@ CHARLOTTE              
3/9/2018@ DETROIT              
3/11/2018@ ATLANTA              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/16/2018@ ORLANDO102-108L-8.5L218.5U43-9843.9%46740-9044.4%6216
1/18/2018@ HOUSTON98-116L5L224.5U38-8146.9%481142-8847.7%509
1/22/2018@ LA CLIPPERS126-118W2W219.5O43-9147.3%521347-8456.0%4617
1/24/2018@ PORTLAND114-123L3.5L210.5O45-8453.6%42645-8254.9%4310
1/25/2018@ GOLDEN STATE113-126L13T229.5O46-10145.5%511048-8953.9%5415
1/29/2018@ ATLANTA100-105L-6.5L212.5U39-8347.0%401339-7949.4%4921
1/30/2018@ TORONTO104-109L6.5W218.5U42-8549.4%51839-8148.1%478
2/3/2018NEW ORLEANS118-107W-8W222.5O48-9550.5%591242-10141.6%5313
2/7/2018@ CLEVELAND138-140L-4L225.5O54-9358.1%371152-8859.1%4715
2/9/2018@ CHICAGO113-114L-7.5L216O41-8747.1%531341-8349.4%4711
2/15/2018LA LAKERS119-111W-10.5L227.5O42-9046.7%531043-9445.7%5613
2/23/2018@ HOUSTON102-120L7.5L223U40-9442.6%491040-8248.8%5511
2/26/2018@ SACRAMENTO              
3/1/2018@ PORTLAND              
3/2/2018@ UTAH              
3/11/2018GOLDEN STATE              
CHICAGO: The Bulls went all-in on rebuilding and are banking on a high lottery pick next spring. That means no more plugging holes to try to stay competitive and plenty of losses this season. They need to get production from a trio of players ' Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and guard Zach LaVine ' they acquired from Minnesota for Butler on draft night. LaVine, a two-time slam dunk champion who averaged 18.9 points last season, is working his way back from a torn ACL and wasn't be ready for the start of the season. Dunn, coming off a disappointing rookie year, needs to show he can at least be a serviceable shooter after struggling from the outside. Markkanen was one of the top shooting big men in the nation at Arizona and will be counted on to bring that stroke to the NBA. Bobby Portis was suspended by the team for the first eight games of the season for his role in a practice altercation with Nikola Mirotic that resulted in Mirotic suffering maxillary fractures and a concussion, injuries that were expected to require surgery and keep Mirotic sidelined for an extended period of time.
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 prepare for Bulls, await word on Butler's MRI

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bulls came out of the All-Star break intent on starting a youth movement. The Minnesota Timberwolves readied for a final sprint to the playoffs and breaking the franchise's long postseason absence.

Minnesota is now hoping for the best for Jimmy Butler, Chicago's one-time star.

Butler left Friday's game in Houston with an injured right knee. Butler went down in the third quarter and had to be helped off the court in the Timberwolves' 120-102 loss.

An X-ray on the injured knee came back negative, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania.

Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after the game that Butler will have an MRI exam on Saturday.

The Wolves host Chicago on Saturday night.

"You just hope it's not too bad," Thibodeau said, according to the team's radio voice, Alan Horton, on Twitter.

Butler, an All-Star this season, entered Friday leading the NBA in minutes played 37.3 per game. Butler played 25 minutes on Friday, scoring 10 points. Minnesota (36-26) is 2-4 without Butler in the lineup this season, his first with the Wolves since leaving Chicago.

Without Butler, the Bulls (20-38) are 12th in the Eastern Conference and have altered their rotation to give more younger players a chance. Center Robin Lopez and swingman Justin Holiday sat out Thursday's game against Philadelphia after it was announced that coach Fred Hoiberg would turn to Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba in the starting lineup.

Cameron Payne also saw time at backup point guard instead of Jerian Grant as Chicago fell 116-115 to Philadelphia.

"I couldn't be happier the way we went out and played and competed," Hoiberg told the team's website. "We dig ourselves an 18-point hole and fight all the way back and have complete control of that game. A lot of guys played well, so there's a lot of positives to take out of this game. I loved our effort all game long."

Bobby Portis scored 38 points off the bench and former Minnesota guard Zach LaVine -- who came over in the trade for Butler -- scored 23. Nwaba added 21 points

"It's always hard losing those hard-fought games, but at the same time we played well as a team," Portis told the team's website. "Very heartbreaking, us going out there, busting our tail from start to finish, coming back from a (18-point first-quarter) deficit, having a chance to win, being up five. We have to come back together, watch film and learn from our mistakes."

The performance was a quick validation for the changes.

"As I talked to our guys about, we're not talking wins and losses," Hoiberg told the team's website. "We're talking about going out and competing and playing hard and this gives us another opportunity to learn. If we go out with the fighting spirit, we're going to be in games; we're going to have a chance."

The Timberwolves have a chance at much more as they try to break a 13-year streak of missing the postseason.

Minnesota started Friday sitting fourth in the West after having played more games than any other team in the NBA. The Wolves had 21 games left to cement their position. Now they might be doing so without Butler.

"It's 21 games in 47 days," Thibodeau told the team's website before Friday's game. "And there's some unusual breaks, too, in terms of we have a five-day break, we have two three-day breaks, we have four two-day breaks. For our players, most NBA players, like to play every other day. ... Whatever comes our way, we'll have to deal with it."

Last Updated: 12/18/2018 5:12:11 PM EST

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