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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (10 - 7) at MINNESOTA (7 - 10)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2018 8:05 PM
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-7-2.78-97-10110.556.546.7%56.4104.552.845.7%49.1
Road Games3-4-1.82-52-5105.655.344.6%55.7105.052.644.4%51.3
Last 5 Games1-4-5.71-43-2112.862.048.7%51.8110.458.047.6%49.6
Division Games1-0+11-00-1103.047.049.4%
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.556.542-8946.7%10-3033.7%17-2374.0%561226218145
vs opponents surrendering111.356.641-9045.7%11-3235.0%18-2476.2%541024228145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.655.340-9144.6%9-3031.3%15-2075.4%561324207156
Stats Against (All Games)104.552.838-8445.7%10-3133.7%18-2473.3%49923228146
vs opponents averaging111.25641-8946.4%11-3235.7%18-2475.5%541024228155
Stats Against (Road Games)105.052.638-8644.4%10-2735.6%19-2481.8%511023228136

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-10-3.48-96-11109.657.043.7%53.5114.157.646.1%57.4
Home Games7-2+56-34-5111.756.745.0%55.4110.353.944.9%55.8
Last 5 Games3-2-0.63-21-4107.256.644.8%57.6106.052.042.4%54.4
Division Games2-1+2.22-11-2107.055.046.1%48.3110.753.345.2%62.3
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.657.040-9143.7%11-3037.3%19-2481.5%541123209146
vs opponents surrendering11055.641-9045.4%11-3135.4%17-2375.9%531123228145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.756.740-9045.0%11-3037.8%20-2482.6%5511241910157
Stats Against (All Games)114.157.643-9246.1%12-3337.0%17-2274.7%571325227155
vs opponents averaging112.55742-8946.9%11-3036.4%18-2476.6%541024228145
Stats Against (Home Games)110.353.942-9344.9%12-3336.5%14-2169.9%561324227165
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.2,  MINNESOTA 97.9
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ LA CLIPPERS107-98W-2W222.5U33-8737.9%671035-8740.2%5212
10/21/2018GOLDEN STATE100-98W4.5W230.5U35-8640.7%66836-7945.6%5118
10/25/2018@ LA LAKERS114-121L-1L234.5O46-9250.0%501946-9250.0%5013
10/29/2018NEW ORLEANS116-111W-9.5L230U42-9345.2%481343-8252.4%5022
10/31/2018@ CHICAGO108-107W-8L221U45-9945.5%651639-9242.4%5413
11/1/2018@ CLEVELAND110-91W-5W217.5U41-8548.2%531234-8341.0%4413
11/7/2018@ MEMPHIS87-89L-3L204U32-8239.0%511630-7042.9%4717
11/17/2018@ NEW ORLEANS115-125L1L227.5O46-9548.4%511342-8748.3%5111
11/19/2018@ MILWAUKEE98-104L5.5L224.5U40-9442.6%531640-8845.5%6114
11/21/2018@ MINNESOTA              
11/24/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/27/2018LA LAKERS              
11/30/2018@ PORTLAND              
12/3/2018@ TORONTO              
12/5/2018@ ORLANDO              
12/7/2018@ CHARLOTTE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO108-112L2.5L212O39-9142.9%521140-9343.0%6412
10/20/2018@ DALLAS136-140L2L220.5O44-8452.4%481749-9850.0%5616
10/24/2018@ TORONTO105-112L8.5W226U40-9641.7%581546-8951.7%5016
10/29/2018LA LAKERS124-120W1.5W239O42-9842.9%591449-10447.1%6118
11/2/2018@ GOLDEN STATE99-116L10.5L243.5U38-10137.6%47543-8848.9%7016
11/4/2018@ PORTLAND81-111L6L228U29-9331.2%481138-8644.2%7316
11/5/2018@ LA CLIPPERS109-120L5.5L233U40-8547.1%491143-8848.9%4912
11/7/2018@ LA LAKERS110-114L6W239U41-9145.1%471544-9148.4%5416
11/9/2018@ SACRAMENTO110-121L-2.5L233.5U39-9441.5%621743-9545.3%5712
11/14/2018NEW ORLEANS107-100W2W232.5U37-9041.1%571540-9442.6%6218
11/23/2018@ BROOKLYN              
11/26/2018@ CLEVELAND              
11/28/2018SAN ANTONIO              
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 46-36, missed playoffs.
COACH: Michael Malone (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Gary Harris (17.5 ppg) G Jamal Murray (16.7 ppg), F Will Barton (15.7 ppg), F Paul Millsap (14.6 ppg), C Nikola Jokic (18.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Wilson Chandler, F Kenneth Faried, F Richard Jefferson, F Darrell Arthur, G Devin Harris
KEY ADDITIONS: G Isaiah Thomas, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: In the offseason, Jokic signed a max deal contract worth around $147 million for five seasons. He's one of the top big men in the game. The Serbian standout turned in 10 triple-doubles last season, including the fastest triple-double in NBA history. He needed just 14 minutes, 55 seconds to reach the accomplishment at Milwaukee on Feb. 15. Jokic is the centerpiece for an organization trying to get to the postseason for the first time since 2012-13.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Thomas gives the Nuggets even more veteran leadership. They're stacked, but so is the rest of the Western Division. Denver has improved each season under Malone, going from 33 wins his first year, to 40 in 2016-17 and 46 last season. The Nuggets lost out on the eighth and final playoff spot in '17-18 when they lost in overtime at Minnesota on the final game of the regular season.
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.
Nuggets look to regain golden touch vs. Timberwolves

It was not so long ago when Jamal Murray poured in a career-high 48 points against the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets were among the hottest teams in the NBA in the early going.

A little over two weeks later, the Nuggets have encountered their first slump of the season and they hope to snap out of it Wednesday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.

When Murray produced the most productive game of his career in a 115-107 win on Nov. 5, the Nuggets were 9-1 and owned the second-best record in the NBA right behind Golden State and Toronto.

It also was their best start in team history, but now it is a recent memory as Denver heads to Minnesota with six losses in seven games. The one win was a 138-93 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, but in the six losses the Nuggets have not lost by more than 10 games.

On Monday, the Nuggets led by 17 points in the first half only to wind up with a 104-98 loss at Milwaukee. Although Denver was outscored 68-35 after taking its third 17-point loss and missed 10 of its last 12 shots in the final five-plus minutes, various players were more encouraged about the direction of things.

"We're right there," Denver guard Malik Beasley told reporters. "We played really hard tonight, they made some shots at home. A few mistakes here and there on defense, but I think we're gonna be good. We're right there. We just gotta stay with each other."

None of Denver's seven losses this season are by more than 10 points, which is among the reasons the team is optimistic of a turnaround and a return to their early form.

"When I say it was a good performance tonight, I think mentally we're there, we competed," Denver center Mason Plumlee told reporters. "Like I said, we were flying around on defense. We'll break through and we'll get back to winning. We just got to stay with it."

During the slide, Denver is averaging 108.7 points, shooting 47 percent (36.6 percent from 3-point range) and producing 26.7 assists per game.

The defensive numbers are fairly similar. The Nuggets are allowing 107.6 points and 46 percent shooting, illustrating a streak with spotty offensive showings down the stretch.

While Jokic's production has remained similar to the first 10 games in this slide with 18.9 points and 10 rebounds, Murray is faltering. He has not reached 20 points since the 48-point game and is averaging 14.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting, though he is coming off his best game of this stretch after a conversation with coach Mike Malone.

The Timberwolves are 3-1 since trading Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for Robert Covington and Dario Saric on Nov. 12. They posted a three-game winning streak with victories over Brooklyn, New Orleans and Portland but struggled during a 100-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

"It's a long week," Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns said after Minnesota shot 39.2 percent. "You could tell we were shooting some short on some shots. Some shots we usually make, we weren't making. We didn't play with the same pace in transition we usually do."

In the first game of the streak, the Timberwolves overcame 23 turnovers to beat the Nets, but on Sunday they could not work around 20 turnovers and were held below 90 points for the second time while struggling against the slow-paced Grizzlies, who forced 11 steals and 11 turnovers within the first 15 minutes.

"There was a physicality to the game that we probably didn't respond to as well as we could have or should have," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.

While Towns posted his ninth double-double with 15 points and 20 rebounds, point guard Jeff Teague will try to rebound from an ugly showing. In his fourth game back from a left knee contusion, he scored two points on 1-of-9 shooting.

Still, despite the loss, the numbers are better for the Timberwolves since Butler departed. They are allowing 102.3 points per game along with a 100.5 defensive rating while also rebounding and defending the paint better.

Minnesota won three of four meetings with Denver last season with two overtime victories. Each game was decided by single digits.

Last Updated: 5/25/2019 8:58:40 AM EST

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