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MINNESOTA (10 - 12) at PHOENIX (10 - 12)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-12-8.89-1213-9114.858.244.4%57.0117.158.046.0%56.3
Road Games7-5+5.27-58-4119.259.846.7%54.2118.358.247.0%54.7
Last 5 Games1-4-10.21-43-2117.256.645.7%51.8123.654.849.3%52.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.858.241-9244.4%13-3933.3%20-2676.2%571124228156
vs opponents surrendering111.755.941-8945.8%12-3336.0%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)119.259.842-9146.7%15-3838.0%20-2577.9%54925228156
Stats Against (All Games)117.158.043-9346.0%12-3236.6%20-2578.4%561124228145
vs opponents averaging111.65641-8946.1%12-3335.9%18-2377.1%531025217155
Stats Against (Road Games)118.358.243-9247.0%11-3037.4%20-2678.0%551025227145

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-12-0.313-913-9115.356.346.0%50.6114.255.647.2%54.6
Home Games5-7-2.26-69-3116.956.747.5%50.0114.758.247.2%53.2
Last 5 Games2-3-0.63-23-2116.858.645.1%51.6119.857.447.8%58.2
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.356.341-9046.0%13-3636.3%20-2580.2%51928238144
vs opponents surrendering110.655.640-8945.6%12-3435.4%18-2377.1%541024218155
Team Stats (Home Games)116.956.742-8847.5%14-3638.0%20-2579.0%50828247154
Stats Against (All Games)114.255.641-8747.2%12-3336.5%20-2677.1%55925258176
vs opponents averaging110.655.540-8945.4%12-3435.4%17-2376.8%541024218155
Stats Against (Home Games)114.758.241-8747.2%12-3337.5%20-2677.0%53824258164
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 97.1,  PHOENIX 96.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2019@ PHILADELPHIA95-117L7L221.5U32-8139.5%452143-9246.7%6622
11/2/2019@ WASHINGTON131-109W3W228.5O51-9454.3%622137-9538.9%4817
11/6/2019@ MEMPHIS121-137L-3.5L224.5O43-9644.8%461150-8856.8%5717
11/8/2019GOLDEN STATE125-119W-12L227.5O48-11143.2%731743-10341.7%6019
11/11/2019@ DETROIT120-114W4W223.5O45-8950.6%491639-8744.8%5217
11/13/2019SAN ANTONIO129-114W-1.5W229.5O45-9149.5%561044-9048.9%4811
11/18/2019@ UTAH112-102W9W219U41-8946.1%581535-9636.5%6014
11/25/2019@ ATLANTA125-113W-4.5W236.5O41-9045.6%571341-9443.6%5817
11/27/2019@ SAN ANTONIO113-101W3W229.5U37-8543.5%631141-9742.3%506
12/4/2019@ DALLAS114-121L5.5L228.5O37-8941.6%521246-9250.0%548
12/6/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY127-139L3.5L217O50-9652.1%451349-8855.7%5010
12/8/2019@ LA LAKERS125-142L9.5L227O44-8551.8%401555-9458.5%4610
12/9/2019@ PHOENIX              
12/13/2019LA CLIPPERS              
12/18/2019NEW ORLEANS              
12/20/2019@ DENVER              
12/21/2019@ PORTLAND              
12/23/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2019@ GOLDEN STATE121-110W5.5W231.5U44-9645.8%571636-8243.9%5016
11/2/2019@ MEMPHIS114-105W-3W221.5U44-8850.0%451742-8648.8%5420
11/12/2019LA LAKERS115-123L3L220.5O43-9147.3%491151-9553.7%579
11/19/2019@ SACRAMENTO116-120L3L219.5O38-8942.7%481042-7953.2%4818
11/21/2019NEW ORLEANS121-124L-3.5L234.5O40-8646.5%441447-8853.4%5517
11/23/2019@ MINNESOTA100-98W4.5W235.5U33-9634.4%60738-9141.8%6514
11/24/2019@ DENVER104-116L11L214O41-8250.0%411243-9147.3%5710
12/2/2019@ CHARLOTTE109-104W-4W222U39-8844.3%47738-8544.7%6219
12/4/2019@ ORLANDO114-128L-2L214O43-8848.9%391349-8557.6%5319
12/5/2019@ NEW ORLEANS139-132W4.5W235O50-10746.7%551844-8750.6%5523
12/7/2019@ HOUSTON109-115L11.5W240U40-9641.7%631541-9145.1%6115
12/14/2019SAN ANTONIO              
12/17/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/20/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 36-46, finished 11th in Western Conference.
COACH: Ryan Saunders (second season, 17-25 as interim coach last season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (12.1 ppg), G Andrew Wiggins (18.1), F Jake Layman (7.6), F Robert Covington (14.5), C Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4).
KEY LOSSES: G Derrick Rose, G Tyus Jones, F Taj Gibson, F Dario Saric, F Anthony Tolliver, G Jerryd Bayless, F Luol Deng.
KEY ADDITIONS: Layman, G Jarrett Culver, G Shabazz Napier, G/F Treveon Graham, F Noah Vonleh, F Jordan Bell, G Jaylen Nowell, C Naz Reid.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Towns is as versatile of a big man as there is in the league, but he can't carry the scoring load alone so the pressure will be on Wiggins to take a step forward under Saunders in the second year of his max contract extension carrying a $27 million salary cap hit. Having a healthy Covington, the team's best defender who arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the Sixers last season but missed the last 45 games because of a bone bruise on his knee, will be a critical factor. Culver, the sixth overall pick in the draft out of NCAA runner up Texas Tech, ought to provide more of that valuable perimeter defense along with Josh Okogie off the bench. Either of them could crack the starting lineup at some point, too.
OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves have started fresh, yet again, with Saunders, the youngest coach in the league, beneath an overhauled front office headed by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. With Towns and Wiggins, they have a pair of under-25 standouts locked in, and a quiet offseason relative to the rest of the NBA yielded some useful role players in Layman, Vonleh, Bell, Napier and Graham. The first steps are to establish themselves as a far more consistent and efficient team on defense and shooting from the outside. With the Western Conference even more loaded than before, though, it will be tough to measure progress in the standings. Increasing their win total will be a tall order.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 19-63, finished 15th in Western Conference.
COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)
KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh Jackson
KEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty Jerome
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio's presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.
OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio's presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix's ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.
Improving Suns look to defeat Wolves again

Phoenix got a little feisty in the final game of its recent road trip, when stars collided.

The Suns' Devin Booker and Houston's James Harden got into a brief shoving match after Booker put a semi-hug foul on Harden as he attempted a layup with just less than six minutes remaining in the Rockets' 115-109 victory Saturday.

It could have been a sign of frustration -- the Suns led by as many as 11 points in the game, and a victory would have made their four-game trip a marked success after close victories over Charlotte and New Orleans around a decisive loss to Orlando.

"Just competing," Booker told the Arizona Republic.

"If you guys don't like that, you don't like NBA basketball, for real."

The Suns have become real and relevant in coach Monty Williams' first season, and they will bring that into an attempt to beat Minnesota for the second time in 17 days when the teams meet in Phoenix on Monday.

The Timberwolves will look for their first victory in the last stop of their four-game trip that has included a seven-point loss to Dallas, an improbable loss to Oklahoma City -- they had a two-point lead with 1.1 seconds remaining before losing in overtime -- and a blowout 142-125 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.

The trip has gotten progressively worse. The Wolves have given up 121, 139 and 142 points in the three losses, and Anthony Davis had 50 against them on Sunday, when Minnesota had eight players in double figures.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points against the Lakers but was only 1-of-7 from 3-point range. Towns had made 72 treys on 43.4 percent shooting and was averaging 3.8 makes a game as the Wolves use a scheme designed to take advantage of his range. He is on pace to more than triple his previous season high of 142 treys set last year.

"What that does is that it creates more space for other guys to drive," Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said of putting Towns on the perimeter. "When 'fives' are out of the paint and along with 'KAT' on the perimeter, that opens up driving lanes. We just have to get better finishing at the rim."

The Suns have not been over .500 since their 100-98 victory over the Timberwolves on Nov. 23, when they moved to 8-7, but despite losing five of the last seven, the progress is undeniable.

The Suns needed 42 games to get their 10th victory in 2018-19. They halved that this season, getting there in 21.

"We never get too high, we never get too low, and we've been talking about that since the beginning of the season," Booker told the Republic.

"That's one of my favorite things about this team. When we won three games in a row, it was the same spirit in the gym as when we lost three in a row. We've got to remain that through 82 games. Come in every day and no matter the results, control what we can control and play hard."

Booker scored 35 points against Houston after getting 44 against New Orleans, his first consecutive back-to-back 30-point games in a season strewn with them. He has three 30-point games in the last eight and four in the last 10.

Booker was one assist short of his first career triple-double the last time the teams met, with 35 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

Aron Baynes (calf) has missed the last four games and is not expected to Minnesota, and Mikal Bridges (finger) and Dario Saric (back) are questionable.

Bridges, a reserve, has taken advantage of more playing time recently and has scored in double figures for five straight games while making 25-of-39 field goal attempts with five 3-pointers. Bridges had 14 points and made all five of his field-goal attempts against Houston.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/7/2020 2:46:47 AM EST

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