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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 4/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (67 - 18) at MINNESOTA (48 - 37)
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Monday, 4/23/2018 8:05 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 4 - HOU Leads 2-1
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games67-18+2142-4135-49112.058.445.9%51.4103.851.946.2%50.8
Road Games31-11+16.224-1716-25110.257.045.7%49.8103.251.446.3%50.9
Last 5 Games3-2-0.21-41-499.852.041.6%52.699.847.844.5%54.6
Playoff Games2-1-0.21-21-2103.753.342.7%54.0101.346.344.4%54.7
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.058.439-8445.9%15-4236.0%19-2577.8%51921198135
vs opponents surrendering106.553.640-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.257.038-8445.7%15-4136.7%19-2479.1%50921198135
Stats Against (All Games)103.851.939-8546.2%10-2935.2%15-2074.7%51922207144
vs opponents averaging106.253.440-8646.1%10-2836.1%17-2276.7%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.251.439-8546.3%10-2936.2%14-1975.2%51923197145

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-37-26.340-4246-38109.255.447.5%49.9107.253.647.4%49.1
Home Games31-11-522-1925-16111.757.248.2%51.2105.753.447.2%47.8
Last 5 Games3-2+0.84-12-3105.851.445.8%55.0102.253.443.0%52.2
Playoff Games1-2-0.22-11-2101.346.344.4%54.7103.753.342.7%54.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.255.441-8647.5%8-2335.9%19-2480.3%501023188124
vs opponents surrendering106.353.540-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.5%521023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.757.242-8748.2%9-2336.5%19-2479.1%511124188114
Stats Against (All Games)107.253.640-8547.4%11-3036.4%16-2177.6%491024216145
vs opponents averaging106.653.840-8646.0%11-3036.1%17-2276.4%521023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)105.753.440-8447.2%11-2936.7%16-2077.4%48923216154
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95.7,  MINNESOTA 96
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/15/2018LA CLIPPERS101-96W-11L225U35-9038.9%591144-9745.4%579
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@ MINNESOTA              

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: 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.
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 attempt to even series with Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS -- A series that was solely in the Rockets' favor in Houston took a turn in Game 3 in Minnesota.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was his usual calm self after the 121-105 loss on Saturday, but he knows his team will have to match the Timberwolves' intensity in Game 4 on Monday night in Minnesota.

"Yeah, it's disappointing," D'Antoni said after Houston lost its first game of the series and just the third in 23 meetings against Minnesota. "But, hey guys, you have a playoff series and they're a good team. They played better than we did today. We'll make some adjustments. We'll figure this out.

"On Monday, we'll have to match their intensity. If we don't, we'll get beat again. It's pretty simple."

Driven by the Target Center crowd that hadn't witnessed a home playoff game since 2004, the Timberwolves pulled to 2-1 in the seven-game series with the top-seeded Rockets. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and Minnesota hit 15 3-pointers in Saturday's win.

The Timberwolves, who hit the fewest 3s per game in the NBA during the regular season, matched Houston's total. The Rockets led the league in 3s per game in the regular season.

"They're a great team," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We know we're going to have to play better on Monday. I think we're capable of playing better. We're learning more each day.

"We learn. We improve. Same thing, we know we can't feel too good about ourselves. We have to get in tomorrow, study the film, get ready. We know Monday will be an intense game."

The Timberwolves hope they've found a combination to be able to keep up with the Rockets. Minnesota's defense, which was among the worst in the league during the regular season, has slowly come around and helped trigger a big second half on Saturday.

From Karl-Anthony Towns engaging defenders down low to power forward Taj Gibson defending James Harden one-on-one resulting in a poor shot attempt, the Timberwolves' defense effort became contagious team-wide.

The Rockets shot 47.5 percent from the field in the second half but had seven turnovers and were just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) from 3.

"We're a young team in playoff experience, so we're growing, getting better every game," Teague said. "Tonight we took a big step. I think we picked up our intensity and played a lot harder, but it's still a long way to go."

Minnesota also got Towns more involved on the offensive end. His lack of shots has been a topic all series. The All-Star center had nine shots in each of the first two games of the series and scored a total of 13 points.

On Saturday, he had 18 points, including 12 in the second half.

"I think it is a sense of patience," Towns said. "First quarter, I don't think I shot a shot. So it's letting the game come to me naturally, not trying to rush and trying to find shots. Letting the shots find me and my teammates were amazing."

Harden scored 29 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists, but the Rockets now need to make an adjustment.

Houston wants to get back to its defensive approach and limit Minnesota as it did in the first two games of the series. The Timberwolves averaged 91.5 points per game in the first two games and shot just 38.8 percent from the field in Game 2.

"We knew that was going to be a lot more comfortable coming home," Paul said. "They make a lot more 3s tonight, 15 for 27, and we got to be better defensively. We were just opening up the lane and letting Teague drive and all the other guys, so we know we got to be better."

Last Updated: 1/17/2019 1:04:36 AM EST

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