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MINNESOTA (2 - 2) at TORONTO (4 - 0)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-201-33-1119.060.547.0%51.5116.557.045.3%55.5
Road Games0-2-20-22-0122.060.547.4%50.0126.062.546.6%60.0
Last 5 Games2-201-33-1119.060.547.0%51.5116.557.045.3%55.5
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)119.060.541-8747.0%9-2635.6%28-3189.7%51924249146
vs opponents surrendering11959.143-8948.3%14-3242.4%20-2579.5%52925238145
Team Stats (Road Games)122.060.541-8747.4%10-2343.5%29-3386.6%501021289142
Stats Against (All Games)116.557.042-9445.3%11-3135.5%20-2775.9%551524245145
vs opponents averaging115.256.243-9346.2%11-2938.6%18-2574.3%551324226144
Stats Against (Road Games)126.062.544-9546.6%14-3737.3%23-3173.0%601725255146

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-0+43-14-0118.257.049.3%56.5106.050.241.1%54.5
Home Games3-0+32-13-0118.757.050.9%54.0103.749.040.9%56.0
Last 5 Games4-0+43-14-0118.257.049.3%56.5106.050.241.1%54.5
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.257.044-9049.3%13-3438.2%17-2275.3%561025246136
vs opponents surrendering113.355.941-9245.0%12-3435.0%18-2476.2%601125237155
Team Stats (Home Games)118.757.046-9050.9%14-3639.3%13-1871.7%54827236126
Stats Against (All Games)106.050.238-9241.1%11-3035.2%19-2577.8%541322236135
vs opponents averaging110.554.240-9343.5%11-3235.4%18-2475.9%551222246136
Stats Against (Home Games)103.749.038-9440.9%10-2836.1%17-2276.1%561522224144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.2,  TORONTO 96.5
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@ TORONTO              
10/29/2018LA LAKERS              
11/2/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/4/2018@ PORTLAND              
11/5/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/7/2018@ LA LAKERS              
11/9/2018@ SACRAMENTO              

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2018@ WASHINGTON117-113W2W219.5O39-8844.3%641737-8941.6%5011
10/29/2018@ MILWAUKEE              
11/2/2018@ PHOENIX              
11/4/2018@ LA LAKERS              
11/5/2018@ UTAH              
11/7/2018@ SACRAMENTO              
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.
TORONTO: LAST SEASON: 59-23, lost in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Nick Nurse (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (16.2 ppg, career-high, 5.6 rpg), G Danny Green (8.6 ppg, San Antonio), F Kawhi Leonard (16.2 ppg in nine games, San Antonio), F Serge Ibaka (112.6 ppg), C Jonas Valanciunas (12.7 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G DeMar DeRozan, F Jakob Poeltl
KEY ADDITIONS: Leonard, Green, C Greg Monroe
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Leonard will be under intense scrutiny in his first season with Toronto, and his last before free agency. A former Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP, Leonard was limited to nine games last season because of a thigh injury, and his relationship with the Spurs soured during his lengthy rehab. The Raptors will hope Leonard likes his time north of the border enough to sign a long-term deal with Toronto next summer.
OUTLOOK: A lot has changed since Toronto set a franchise record with 59 wins last season. The Raptors fired
COACH of the Year Dwane Casey and replaced him with Nurse, a first-time NBA head
COACH. Toronto also traded franchise icon DeMar DeRozan and C Jakob Poeltl to acquire Leonard and Green from the Spurs. The Raptors need to brush aside the issue of Leonard's future and use the regular season to get comfortable together so they can focus on postseason success.
Raptors seek 5-0 start vs. Timberwolves

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors will be trying to match their franchise-best opening to a season Wednesday night when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Raptors have won their first four games after defeating the Charlotte Hornets 127-106 on Monday night and will be trying to equal their 5-0 start to the 2015-16 season when they play the Timberwolves (2-2).

The Timberwolves would appear to be an ideal opponent.

Toronto has won 14 straight home games against Minnesota, which is a franchise record for consecutive games against one opponent at home. The last time Toronto lost at home to Minnesota was Jan. 21, 2004.

While the Raptors' revamped offense had a productive game on Monday led by 22 points from Kawhi Leonard, coach Nick Nurse was particularly pleased with the defense.

"Yes, (the offense is) getting there a little bit," Nurse said. "I think we created a lot out of our defense (Monday), which I was probably happier with. It was a high-scoring, free-shooting team coming in here and we asked them to get out and contest and disrupt some of their rhythm stuff and we did a pretty good job of that. Eight blocked shots, got our hands on a lot of balls and got out and capitalized on a lot of it."

Defense also was the theme for the 101-91 win by the Timberwolves over the Indiana Pacers Monday night as Jimmy Butler scored 20 points,

"I thought it was our best overall defensive performance," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Even the first half, we didn't rebound well, but our activity was great. ... In the second half, our rebounding picked up and our stops got us into the open floor and so the attack was good."

Center Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 15 rebounds to earn his coach's praise.

"I thought that was one of KAT's best defensive games," Thibodeau said. "He did a number of great things: challenging shots, making people miss inside, rebounding the ball, getting out quickly. I thought he played a terrific all-around game. He's reading the ball a lot better and he's impacting shots at the rim. He's a lot more active."

Forward Andrew Wiggins, who is from the Toronto area, is listed as questionable for the game against the Raptors after suffering a contusion on his right thigh in the first quarter against the Pacers.

"I'm good; I'm feeling better," Wiggins said after the game. "Got a lot of treatment throughout the game. We have a good training staff, so I think I'll be cool."

He has not missed a game since Nov. 10, 2015.

Josh Okogie replaced Wiggins Monday night and had 12 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.

"I just like the way he persevered through it," Thibodeau said. "I thought the spirit of the team was strong. His teammates were encouraging him to shoot and he just kept playing, which I think is important."

The Raptors continue go get strong play from point guard Kyle Lowry, who had 16 points and 14 assists against the Hornets.

"He is amazing," said Raptors guard Danny Green, who had 16 points. "He's very efficient. He can set the tone from start to finish and he complements everybody very well -- especially playing with Kawhi and myself, couldn't ask for a better guy to find on the defensive end of the floor or shoot the way he shoots it, kick it ahead.

"You know he's scoring well, but he's also facilitating well. You don't see that in many point guards or many guys in the league at all period, so he's playing at a very efficient (and) high level right now."

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