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Tuesday 12/4/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (7 - 8) at PHILADELPHIA (10 - 7)
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Tuesday, 12/4/2012 7:05 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-8-0.39-67-892.548.142.0%55.992.647.343.1%49.4
Road Games3-5+0.75-34-491.948.642.7%54.994.949.544.4%45.9
Last 5 Games2-3-13-22-393.453.240.4%59.694.849.244.2%48.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)92.548.134-8042.0%5-1928.6%20-2773.4%561321198157
vs opponents surrendering9849.136-8244.5%7-2035.2%18-2475.3%521222208146
Team Stats (Road Games)91.948.634-7942.7%5-1926.1%19-2576.7%551322208156
Stats Against (All Games)92.647.336-8343.1%6-1833.6%15-2077.2%491119237136
vs opponents averaging96.447.937-8344.1%7-1934.5%17-2274.9%521221218145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.949.536-8144.4%7-1938.7%16-2076.7%461021227125

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-7-0.89-89-893.146.543.1%49.193.947.144.1%52.7
Home Games6-4-1.84-67-394.847.242.2%50.296.949.144.4%53.0
Last 5 Games3-2+12-34-1101.048.648.0%46.6101.247.646.2%51.2
PHILADELPHIA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)93.146.536-8343.1%7-1838.2%15-1976.9%491121198126
vs opponents surrendering98.749.537-8245.2%7-2037.0%18-2375.3%511122208156
Team Stats (Home Games)94.847.235-8442.2%8-2039.6%16-2176.9%501122208126
Stats Against (All Games)93.947.136-8144.1%7-1936.2%16-2176.0%531123187145
vs opponents averaging97.949.437-8344.3%7-2036.7%17-2376.4%511221218145
Stats Against (Home Games)96.949.137-8244.4%6-1931.2%18-2281.4%531223207145
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 93.3,  PHILADELPHIA 94.7
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ TORONTO86-105L3.5L189.5O29-6445.3%492440-9044.4%4711
11/5/2012@ BROOKLYN107-96W7.5W194.5O44-8949.4%541135-7546.7%3913
11/10/2012@ CHICAGO80-87L8.5W184U33-8538.8%501134-8042.5%5514
11/12/2012@ DALLAS90-82W7W191U30-6546.2%551729-8036.2%428
11/16/2012GOLDEN STATE98-106L1L185.5O34-7943.0%441243-8550.6%5715
11/23/2012@ PORTLAND95-103L1.5L197.5O32-7841.0%591442-7853.8%4212
11/24/2012@ GOLDEN STATE85-96L3L197.5U33-8638.4%521033-7842.3%5613
11/27/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-89W1W195.5U38-8345.8%561737-8444.0%4413
11/28/2012@ LA CLIPPERS95-101L9W194.5O31-8237.8%641837-8145.7%4210
12/4/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
12/5/2012@ BOSTON              
12/14/2012@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/17/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/18/2012@ MIAMI              
12/20/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              

PHILADELPHIA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ NEW YORK84-100L3.5L187.5U34-7943.0%441839-7750.6%4814
11/5/2012NEW YORK88-110L-2.5L183.5O29-8633.7%581339-8446.4%487
11/7/2012@ NEW ORLEANS77-62W-1.5W179U35-8441.7%491523-6933.3%5220
11/9/2012@ BOSTON106-100W5.5W180.5O40-8248.8%481637-7648.7%4614
11/10/2012@ TORONTO93-83W2.5W185.5U34-7346.6%541530-7938.0%4512
11/21/2012@ CLEVELAND83-92L-4.5L182U31-8636.0%51735-8640.7%6516
11/24/2012OKLAHOMA CITY109-116L4.5L191.5O45-9149.5%531539-8844.3%5212
11/30/2012@ CHARLOTTE104-98W-3.5W187O44-8651.2%431039-8347.0%5110
12/1/2012@ CHICAGO88-93L6.5W182.5U36-8243.9%431138-8146.9%5913
12/8/2012@ BOSTON              
12/14/2012@ INDIANA              
12/16/2012LA LAKERS              
12/18/2012@ DALLAS              
12/19/2012@ HOUSTON              
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.
PHILADELPHIA: GUARDS: JRUE HOLIDAY is knocking on the door of All-Star status. He's excellent defensively, though his stats sometimes sag because of Philly's deliberate style . . . JASON RICHARDSON gives them some shooting on the wing, but may see his minutes fade if he can't play the kind of defense Collins demands . . . Swingman EVAN TURNER is an intriguing but flawed player. He doesn't quite have the offensive repertoire to be a primary scorer, and he'll continue to get inconsistent minutes as Collins plays to matchups on the wings . . . NICK YOUNG will have something of a lesser sixth-man role than Lou Williams used to have . . . As an offensively-limited but athletic, defensive-minded guard, ROYAL IVEY is the kind of bench player Collins looks for. FORWARDS: Even with Elton Brand gone, THADDEUS YOUNG will play more of a part-time role. Collins has never seemed satisfied with his talented young 'tweener, and Spencer Hawes is expected to slide to the four alongside Andrew Bynum . . . DORELL WRIGHT brings some much needed shooting on the wing. He plays the kind of defense Collins demands and, if his shot is on, he should be close to a 30-MPG player despite his struggles in Golden State last season . . . LAVOY ALLEN is a serviceable reserve big. He'll see few minutes off the bench unless Bynum gets hurt . . . ARNETT MOULTRIE fits the Sixers mold as an athlete. He could be a regular in the rotation by midseason. CENTERS: Maybe ANDREW BYNUM will be happier moving back to the east coast. As long as his knees hold up, he's an All-Star lock . . . SPENCER HAWES will actually play a lot of four this year. He's an offensively-capable 7-footer who's also become a much better rebounder over the past couple seasons . . . KWAME BROWN will be sparingly used as a big body who can move on the defensive end.
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*Timberwolves-76ers Preview* ============================


Minnesota (7-8) at Philadelphia (10-7), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Minnesota Timberwolves appear close to getting one of their top players back from injury, but likely not soon enough to help end their struggles in Philadelphia.

To win two straight for the first time in almost a month, the Wolves must snap a four-game road skid against the 76ers on Tuesday night.

Kevin Love has averaged 21.7 points and 15.3 rebounds in six games since missing the first nine with a broken hand, but Minnesota (7-8) is 2-4 with him in the lineup. That's partly because injuries to Chase Budinger (knee), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Brandon Roy (knee) have made it hard for the Timberwolves to make consistent strides, but the team could be in for some good news.

Second-year guard Ricky Rubio completed his first extensive practice in nearly nine months Sunday and appears close to returning from a torn ACL that forced him to miss the final 25 games last season.

"I felt pretty good, but I want to be perfect," said Rubio, who averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie.

"Until I'm feeling great and nothing at all about my knee, I'm not going to play."

It's likely Rubio won't be on the court for this contest or Wednesday in Boston, but his progress is a big boost for a club that has won two of three since a five-game skid.

Love played through a stomach bug to post 15 points and 14 rebounds, Nikola Pekovic scored 14 with 16 boards and rookie guard Alexey Shved added 16 points and five assists in Friday's 95-85 win over Milwaukee. Though the Timberwolves shot 39.1 percent, they held the Bucks to 36.6 percent from the field and outrebounded them 56-47.

After scoring 17 in a 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Shved (10.4 ppg) stepped up in the fourth quarter against the Bucks, scoring 10 points and recording two steals.

"That guy has no filter out there, he just plays," Love said. "He seems like such a shy guy, but when he gets out there, it's a whole different person."

In order to win two in a row for the first time since a three-game run Nov. 5-9, the Timberwolves might need another strong effort from the Russian reserve Tuesday in Philadelphia, where Minnesota has lost its last four by an average of 11.2 points. Love had 21 points and 23 rebounds in a 111-100 defeat in the Timberwolves' last visit March 4, 2011.

Philadelphia (10-7) has averaged 100.7 points while winning five of six at home, but it returns after its three-game overall winning streak ended with Saturday's 93-88 loss at Chicago. Jrue Holiday had 23 points with seven assists and Thaddeus Young scored 22, but the 76ers were outrebounded 50-37 and went 3 of 12 from 3-point range while failing to reach 100 points for the first time in five games.

"I thought our guys played hard," coach Doug Collins said. "If we play hard like that all the time we'll find a way to scratch a game out."

Holiday has averaged 21.8 points on 53.0 percent shooting and 10.5 assists in his last four games. He scored 20 in a 92-91 loss at Minnesota last season, but has totaled 15 points in two home games against the Timberwolves.

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