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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/18/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
SAN ANTONIO
-1  

+1  
-115

-105

204
 
99
Final
107

MINNESOTA (0 - 0) at SAN ANTONIO (0 - 0)
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717MINNESOTA205.5203.5
718SAN ANTONIO-1-1.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000

SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 0,  SAN ANTONIO 0
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2017@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/20/2017UTAH              
10/22/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/24/2017INDIANA              
10/25/2017@ DETROIT              
10/27/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/30/2017@ MIAMI              
11/1/2017@ NEW ORLEANS              

SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2017MINNESOTA              
10/21/2017@ CHICAGO              
10/23/2017TORONTO              
10/25/2017@ MIAMI              
10/27/2017@ ORLANDO              
10/29/2017@ INDIANA              
10/30/2017@ BOSTON              
11/2/2017GOLDEN STATE              
11/3/2017CHARLOTTE              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
SAN ANTONIO: The Spurs are essentially the same team that won the Southwest Division last season and led Golden State by 21 points in Game 1 of the Western finals before Kawhi Leonard was lost for the postseason to an ankle injury. A 21st straight postseason appearance is practically a given and it is hard not to imagine them remaining among the best teams in a loaded conference. The team will need another year of growth from Leonard after their quiet MVP candidate set career highs in scoring and assists while earning All-NBA first team and All-Defensive first team honors. Leonard's growth could come from his ability to distribute the ball more, especially with veteran point guard Tony Parker expected to be out until December while recovering from surgery on a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.
PREVIEW
Spurs open campaign with new-look Timberwolves
 

Expectations, based on prior excellence, are always high for the San Antonio Spurs but it will be the revamped Minnesota Timberwolves that many fans will be hankering to watch when the two teams meet to open their NBA campaigns on Wednesday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs will be without star forward Kawhi Leonard and venerable point guard Tony Parker, both due to quadriceps injuries. Parker suffered his injury in last season's playoffs and is targeting a November return to the court; Leonard did not practice or play during the preseason and his availability is yet to be determined.

Thanks to its always stifling defense, its pass-first offensive attack and the heavy but steady hand of 22-year veteran coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio is still a force to be dealt with in the NBA.

The Spurs won 61 regular season games last year and beat Memphis and Houston in the playoffs before falling to Golden State in the Western Conference finals. San Antonio posted its best defensive rating (103.5) since 2011 while its 111.1 offensive rating was its second-best in 21 years.

"We are still working on implicating our system and bringing in the new guys and familiarizing them with what we want to do and how we do it," Spurs guard Danny Green said. "We may be a little behind where we were in previous years because of the new guys and the injuries to Kawhi and Tony, but we're getting close."

Outside of Leonard, San Antonio's other go-to player will be LaMarcus Aldridge. The 6-foot-11 forward has been one of the most consistent scorers and rebounders since he joined the NBA in 2006, with career averages of 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Aldridge signed a three-year, $72.3 million extension on Monday that will keep him in San Antonio for at least the next four seasons.

Gone are David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon, and Jonathon Simmons. The Spurs signed Joffrey Lauvergne, Rudy Gay, Derrick White, and Brandon Paul to replace them.

After being considered one of the oldest teams in the league for years, this edition of the Spurs has six players who were born after 1993. Even with Parker, 11-veteran Aldridge and Manu Ginobili on the roster, the youth movement is clearly in play for San Antonio.

"I see how much these kids work out and how improved they are," said Ginobili, in his 15th year. "How hungry they are. It's exciting to witness that."

The Timberwolves begin the season with renewed excitement keyed by the continued improvement of center Karl-Anthony Towns and the signing of free agents Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Jamal Crawford, and Jeff Teague. In all, eight new faces dot Minnesota's roster.

Last week, swingman Andrew Wiggins signed a five-year, $148 million contract extension that will lengthen his stint in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota is all in after posting eight consecutive losing seasons and missing the playoffs for 13 straight years. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who is also the team's president of basketball operations, knows this collection can only be a success if it's unselfish and willing to boost the whole rather than seek out individual glory.

"You're probably not going to average 28 points or whatever if you have a lot of guys who can really play," Teague said. "You've got to make sacrifices to be great, and for our team to be really good, everyone is going to have to sacrifice, myself included."

Butler, Gibson, Teague and Crawford are all still in search of their first championship, while Towns, Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng have never even participated in the postseason. Right now the Timberwolves are focused on the latter.

"We know the opportunity that we have ahead of us if we do the right things, if we guard, we share the ball, if we rebound, don't turn the ball over, all the things that Thibs says to do," Butler said. "And we know that we can win, we have the potential to do that, but we've got to go out there and do it."

The Spurs have taken the last 11 games from Minnesota, including seven in a row at the AT&T Center since a 108-95 Timberwolves win on April 17, 2013.


Last Updated: 11/21/2017 9:45:28 AM EST


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