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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 10/19/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




CLEVELAND (0 - 1) at MINNESOTA (0 - 1)
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Friday, 10/19/2018 8:05 PM
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CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-1-11-01-0104.047.040.0%64.0116.060.048.9%52.0
Road Games0-1-11-01-0104.047.040.0%64.0116.060.048.9%52.0
Last 5 Games0-1-11-01-0104.047.040.0%64.0116.060.048.9%52.0
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)104.047.034-8540.0%7-1936.8%29-3974.4%641417254160
vs opponents surrendering1044734-8540.0%7-1936.8%29-3974.4%641417254160
Team Stats (Road Games)104.047.034-8540.0%7-1936.8%29-3974.4%641417254160
Stats Against (All Games)116.060.045-9248.9%14-3342.4%12-2060.0%52821296107
vs opponents averaging1166045-9248.9%14-3342.4%12-2060.0%52821296107
Stats Against (Road Games)116.060.045-9248.9%14-3342.4%12-2060.0%52821296107

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-1-10-11-0108.052.042.9%52.0112.056.043.0%64.0
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-1-10-11-0108.052.042.9%52.0112.056.043.0%64.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.052.039-9142.9%6-1931.6%24-2788.9%521420279112
vs opponents surrendering1085239-9142.9%6-1931.6%24-2788.9%521420279112
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)112.056.040-9343.0%11-2544.0%21-2972.4%641922223124
vs opponents averaging1125640-9343.0%11-2544.0%21-2972.4%641922223124
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 95,  MINNESOTA 98
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ TORONTO104-116L12.5W215.5O34-8540.0%641645-9248.9%5210
10/19/2018@ MINNESOTA              
10/25/2018@ DETROIT              
11/3/2018@ CHARLOTTE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO108-112L2.5L212O39-9142.9%521140-9343.0%6412
10/20/2018@ DALLAS              
10/24/2018@ TORONTO              
10/29/2018LA LAKERS              
11/2/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/4/2018@ PORTLAND              
CLEVELAND: LAST SEASON: 50-32, lost in NBA Finals.
COACH: Tyronn Lue (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G George Hill (10.0 ppg), G Rodney Hood (14.7 ppg), F Kevin Love (17.6 ppg), F Cedi Osman (3.9 ppg), C Tristan Thompson (5.8 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F LeBron James, F Jeff Green, G Jose Calderon
KEY ADDITIONS: Rookie G Collin Sexton, F David Nwaba, F Sam Dekker
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sexton and Osman. The No. 8 overall pick in the NBA draft, Sexton could fill the massive void left when the Cavs granted Kyrie Irving's trade demand and dealt him to Boston last year. Hill can adequately hold down the fort while Sexton, more of a slasher than shooter, develops. Lue will be patient with Sexton, but it may not take long for him to force his way into the starting lineup. Osman has the misfortune of being the player to take the spot owned by James. But the 23-year-old is fearless, very talented and he learned a ton while being teammates with the world's best player.
OUTLOOK: Forget the Finals. After four straight June matchups with Golden State, the Cavs will have a tough time even making the playoffs. Love has gone from being the third option, to the second to the first and it will be interesting to see if the All-Star can carry the Cavs the way he carried Minnesota for six seasons. The Cavs have no intention of tanking, and head into the season trying to stay competitive while developing young players ' and that's not easy.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost in first round.
COACH: Tom Thibodeau (third season, eighth NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (14.2 ppg), G Derrick Rose (8.4 ppg) OR Jimmy Butler (22.2 ppg), F Andrew Wiggins (17.7 ppg), F Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg), C Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Jamal Crawford, F Nemanja Bjelica
KEY ADDITIONS: F Anthony Tolliver, G Josh Okogie, F Keita Bates-Diop, F Luol Deng
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler requested a trade less than a week before the beginning of training camp. Thibodeau has said the Wolves will only grant his wish if they find a deal that makes sense for them, but the likelihood of Butler joining them on the floor after all the bluster is low. Assuming a trade is consummated, the Wolves would almost certainly receive a starter as part of a package. For now, Rose is playing the shooting guard spot after a decent showing down the stretch last season as yet another former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with Thibodeau.
OUTLOOK: Though the Wolves were able to celebrate their return to the playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence, they were already facing a rough road back in a rugged Western Conference that only got deeper over the summer. Then Butler's unhappiness came to a head. The good news for the Wolves is that Towns has continued to improve into one of the game's best big men with a smooth 3-point shot to boot, and at age 22 he already has his super-max contract signed. Even if this season proves to be a step back, Towns will be the franchise cornerstone for years to come.
Butlers' Wolves host Cavs in home opener

Jimmy Butler may get his desire to be traded fulfilled at some point this season and the awkwardness of the situation has created some uncomfortable moments for a team he helped reached the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

In the meantime, Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to get a win in their home opener Friday night with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are playing their second game following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The saga with Butler began cropping up in July when he rejected a four-year contract extension that would have prevented him from reaching free agency next summer. On Sept. 19, he met with coach Tom Thibodeau and formally requested a trade and last week reports surfaced of a practice so heated the Butler was yelling at coaches and cursing at GM Scott Layden.

Earlier this week, owner Glen Taylor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he remains committed to finding a trade for Butler while the four-time all-star said to Taylor he would play all out until the saga is completed.

Butler and Minnesota fell short in their season opener Wednesday in a 112-108 loss at San Antonio. Butler scored or had an assist on the final 14 Minnesota points to help the Wolves nearly overcome an eight-point deficit in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

Overall Butler finished with 23 points on 9-of-23 in his first game since Game 5 of the first round against Houston on April 25.

"I got 81 games, baby," Butler told reporters after a 112-108 loss in San Antonio on Wednesday. "That's all that matters. We gotta lock in on today, what tomorrow brings, and see where we're at," he said. "If that comes to be, that comes to be; there's nothing I can do about it. But in the meantime, I gotta figure out a way to help us win some games."

While Butler did what he could in nearly willing Minnesota to a win, the Wolves received little from Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns fouled out after scoring eight points in 22 minutes, negating strong performances from Jeff Teague (27 points on 12 shots) and Andrew Wiggins (20 points after a slow start).

"Everybody is a little bit rusty, including myself," Butler told reporters Wednesday after Minnesota shot 42.9 percent and 48.6 percent (17 of 35) on shots inside five feet of the rim. "Everybody missed easy shots, but we took all the right ones, shared the ball. We take the best things from this and that's our energy and how hard we played for 48 minutes."

Now the Wolves will try to take those things into a meeting with an opponent still figuring itself out after James left in free agency for the second time.

After James left for Miami, Kevin Love was two years into his career with the Wolves. Now he is expected to be Cleveland's primary option on offense.

Love and the Cavaliers opened the season with a 116-104 loss at Toronto on Wednesday night.

"We don't have that luxury of having a LeBron or a magician like Kyrie (Irving) to be a playmaker so we have to have guys that can play half court, full court and on the defensive end be physical," Love said.

Love now occupies the same locker previously held by James and conceded things were out of sort Wednesday. He led Cleveland with 21 points but missed 13 of 18 shots and the Cavaliers shot 40 percent and trailed by 20.

"That rhythm wasn't there tonight," Love said after his first game action in over two weeks due to foot soreness.". "You could tell that game action wasn't there for me tonight. Thought I got a lot of really, really good looks on the offensive end. On the defensive end, just our switches and closing out, my attention to detail wasn't there.

Friday is Love's fourth trip to Minnesota for the Cavaliers. He has scored 37 points in previous visits on 34.5 percent shooting (11-of-22) since the 2014 trade.

"I just remember a lot of good moments from my first six years in the lead," Love said after practice Thursday. "Looking back a lot of positives and a lot of fun coming back to the Twin Cities."

Last season the Wolves halted a six-game losing streak in the series with a 127-99 home win on Jan. 8. About a month later, the Cavaliers won on a game-winning jumper by James to get a wild 140-138 overtime win.

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