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Saturday 3/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (40 - 29) at SAN ANTONIO (39 - 30)
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Saturday, 3/17/2018 8:35 PM
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516SAN ANTONIO-4.5-4
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games40-29-16.632-3438-30109.855.948.0%49.5107.252.947.7%48.5
Road Games14-21-19.315-1819-16108.354.647.9%47.5109.553.748.4%49.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0.22-33-2108.249.648.3%48.0111.056.246.0%54.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.855.941-8648.0%8-2235.6%19-2480.3%501023189124
vs opponents surrendering106.453.640-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.9%521023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.354.641-8547.9%8-2235.8%19-2482.0%47921189124
Stats Against (All Games)107.252.940-8447.7%11-3036.4%16-2078.2%491024216155
vs opponents averaging106.653.740-8646.0%11-2936.3%17-2276.5%521023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.553.741-8548.4%11-3036.9%16-2178.3%491025207155

SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-30-4.334-3130-38102.249.845.7%51.799.349.545.0%49.9
Home Games25-8+9.619-1317-16105.551.947.3%51.398.950.245.3%47.5
Last 5 Games2-3-13-20-5100.051.643.4%52.097.649.442.3%55.6
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.249.839-8545.7%9-2435.6%16-2077.6%521023177136
vs opponents surrendering106.653.840-8646.2%11-2936.4%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)105.551.940-8547.3%9-2536.6%15-1980.2%511024178136
Stats Against (All Games)99.349.538-8445.0%9-2734.6%14-1875.7%50922208144
vs opponents averaging106.353.639-8646.0%11-2936.2%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.950.238-8345.3%10-2636.3%14-1875.7%47922198144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 95.9,  SAN ANTONIO 95.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/7/2018@ CLEVELAND138-140L-4L225.5O54-9358.1%371152-8859.1%4715
2/9/2018@ CHICAGO113-114L-7.5L216O41-8747.1%531341-8349.4%4711
2/15/2018LA LAKERS119-111W-10.5L227.5O42-9046.7%531043-9445.7%5613
2/23/2018@ HOUSTON102-120L7.5L223U40-9442.6%491040-8248.8%5511
2/26/2018@ SACRAMENTO118-100W-5W215.5O39-7552.0%481240-8447.6%3614
3/1/2018@ PORTLAND99-108L5.5L218.5U38-8544.7%531536-9239.1%608
3/2/2018@ UTAH108-116L7.5L209O38-7451.4%351240-7851.3%5518
3/11/2018GOLDEN STATE109-103W3.5W224U44-9546.3%57937-9140.7%5613
3/13/2018@ WASHINGTON116-111W3W218O46-8752.9%441042-8251.2%4511
3/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
3/20/2018LA CLIPPERS              
3/23/2018@ NEW YORK              
3/24/2018@ PHILADELPHIA              
3/30/2018@ DALLAS              

SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/7/2018@ PHOENIX129-81W-10.5W202O46-9349.5%711233-9734.0%5211
2/10/2018@ GOLDEN STATE105-122L10L218.5O43-9445.7%431048-8556.5%5116
2/12/2018@ UTAH99-101L4W197O38-8544.7%571135-8441.7%579
2/13/2018@ DENVER109-117L7L208.5O44-8253.7%521846-9349.5%4311
2/23/2018@ DENVER119-122L3.5W211.5O43-8550.6%50748-9749.5%5711
2/25/2018@ CLEVELAND110-94W4.5W211.5U38-8644.2%58938-9141.8%5415
2/28/2018NEW ORLEANS116-121L-5L218.5O48-9948.5%541150-9950.5%5212
3/3/2018LA LAKERS112-116L-6L219O44-9844.9%601640-9243.5%5515
3/8/2018@ GOLDEN STATE107-110L11W222.5U43-9545.3%561241-9543.2%5610
3/10/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY94-104L3.5L210U40-8646.5%461439-8645.3%5815
3/12/2018@ HOUSTON93-109L11L212U33-8140.7%441339-8048.7%5715
3/15/2018NEW ORLEANS98-93W-4.5W219.5U37-9937.4%591036-9040.0%6014
3/19/2018GOLDEN STATE              
3/25/2018@ MILWAUKEE              
3/27/2018@ WASHINGTON              
3/29/2018OKLAHOMA CITY              
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.
Timberwolves, Spurs jockeying for playoff positioning

The Minnesota Timberwolves are constantly scoreboard watching and with good reason -- they are in pursuit of their first playoff berth since 2004.

The Timberwolves are among eight teams vying for the final six spots in the competitive Western Conference and their playoff push continues Saturday with a visit to the San Antonio Spurs.

Minnesota (40-29) enters the game three days after a 116-111 win at Washington. After Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the face to score a season-high 37 points, the Timberwolves were sixth and 1 1/2 games up on the Los Angeles Clippers, Spurs and Utah Jazz.

Despite being idle for three days, Minnesota is in fifth place, sandwiched between New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

"The West is loaded," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. "Every night you have to bring it. Even with teams that are so-called out of it, they're playing great. They're fighting. Those aren't gimmes. You've got to earn your wins."

Minnesota is 4-3 since losing Jimmy Butler to knee surgery last month, with five of those games against winning teams. After Saturday, the Timberwolves get two more games against winning teams with encounters against Houston and the Clippers before playing six of their final 10 games against losing teams.

"We watch every night," Minnesota forward Taj Gibson told reporters. "You try to go hard to win your game and then watch the scores around. You're either like, 'Yes!' or 'Oh, man, c'mon.' But you can't depend on any other team to help you win. You go out there and do the best you can with the schedule you've got."

Among the games that various players might be glancing at during timeouts on Saturday are Houston-New Orleans, Denver-Memphis, Sacramento-Utah, and Detroit-Portland. Saturday's game will tip off while New Orleans is in the third quarter and Denver is closing out the first quarter -- a half-hour before Utah starts and 90 minutes before Portland tips off.

While the Timberwolves monitor those outcomes, they'll see if Towns can generate another big game. He is averaging 26 points in his last five games and is attempting to get three straight 30-point games for the first time in his three-year career.

Minnesota will also be attempting to achieve two other things Saturday. A win will assure them of at least a .500 season, will be their second victory in the last 26 trips to San Antonio, and will snap an eight-game road losing streak in the series.

The Spurs (39-30) share the same record with the Jazz but would finish eighth based on the head-to-head tiebreakers with Utah. They are 1 1/2 games up on the Clippers.

San Antonio has won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 28-30 after knocking off Orlando and New Orleans on Tuesday and Thursday. After holding the Magic to 34.1 percent shooting from the field in a 108-72-win, the Spurs held on for a 98-93 win over the Pelicans.

"For sure, big game," guard Manu Ginobili told reporters after San Antonio did not make a basket for the final 5:55. "Still, we made many of the same mistakes we've made in the last month, losing leads very easily and stopping the flow of the game.

"We don't execute as well down the stretch as we did before. So we have to work on it, but we kept fighting. Our defense really tightened up in the second half, and that's the reason why we won that game."

Before the two wins, the Spurs lost 11 of their previous 16 games and fell into 10th. Among those losses were games against New Orleans and the Los Angeles Lakers, where the Spurs squandered double-digit leads.

It almost happened again as the Spurs once led by 15 points before allowing the Pelicans to get within one, but LaMarcus Aldridge and Ginobili made free throws down the stretch.

"Yeah, it's a live or die for us right now," Aldridge told reporters after scoring 25 points. "So, you know, you've got to bring it every game. And these teams that we're going to play, they're fighting for their position, and their lives too. So tonight was tough, but guys competed and just made plays."

The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his 60th game with a quad injury. Leonard has not played since Jan. 13 and is not expected to play.

Saturday is the third meeting between the teams. Aldridge scored 25 points in the season-opening 107-99 home win on Oct. 18, but Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points in Minnesota's 98-86 home win on Nov. 15 that snapped San Antonio's 14-game winning streak in the series.

Last Updated: 3/21/2019 7:33:50 PM EST

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