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NBA : Teaser Line Matchup
Wednesday 1/3/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (24 - 14) at BROOKLYN (14 - 23)
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Wednesday, 1/3/2018 7:35 PM
Board SideTotal
707MINNESOTA-2.5Over 210.5
708BROOKLYN+10.5Under 218.5
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-14-9.217-1920-17108.756.047.6%49.5105.952.047.9%48.1
Road Games11-8-0.411-711-8108.454.948.0%48.3106.852.347.6%48.6
Last 5 Games4-1+33-22-3113.257.851.2%47.6103.448.445.3%48.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.756.040-8547.6%8-2335.4%20-2579.8%491023189134
vs opponents surrendering105.453.139-8545.9%10-2836.3%17-2276.8%511022208145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.454.940-8448.0%8-2334.8%20-2482.8%481022189144
Stats Against (All Games)105.952.040-8447.9%11-2936.8%15-1977.7%481024217165
vs opponents averaging104.552.639-8545.6%10-2836.2%17-2275.5%521022208145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.852.341-8547.6%10-2935.0%15-2077.9%491024217165

BROOKLYN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games14-23-2.322-1517-20107.251.544.1%54.0109.654.346.2%54.1
Home Games7-9-2.29-78-8109.852.444.0%54.8109.654.845.9%55.0
Last 5 Games2-303-22-3104.851.044.2%53.4105.453.444.5%53.0
BROOKLYN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.251.538-8744.1%12-3435.0%18-2475.4%541023217154
vs opponents surrendering105.353.239-8546.0%10-2936.5%16-2276.3%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)109.852.439-8944.0%13-3635.5%19-2673.5%551123217135
Stats Against (All Games)109.654.341-8946.2%9-2635.5%18-2376.8%541021218135
vs opponents averaging105.152.739-8546.0%10-2936.8%16-2177.1%511022208145
Stats Against (Home Games)109.654.841-9045.9%9-2437.6%18-2379.4%551021217136
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 95.2,  BROOKLYN 96
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/29/2017@ NEW ORLEANS120-102W6W214.5O47-8158.0%481739-8446.4%3416
12/1/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY107-111L5W208.5O39-7651.3%341641-7951.9%4618
12/3/2017LA CLIPPERS112-106W-12L214O38-8843.2%51737-7350.7%4316
12/4/2017@ MEMPHIS92-95L-2.5L201U35-7944.3%37934-7247.2%4916
12/6/2017@ LA CLIPPERS113-107W-5W210.5O45-8254.9%531544-9944.4%509
12/20/2017@ DENVER112-104W-1W215O43-8749.4%40836-7250.0%4621
12/23/2017@ PHOENIX115-106W-8W217O42-8450.0%541440-8646.5%4713
12/25/2017@ LA LAKERS121-104W-6.5W216O49-8458.3%501540-9243.5%4512
12/28/2017@ MILWAUKEE96-102L4L212.5U34-7147.9%401641-7554.7%3916
12/31/2017@ INDIANA107-90W-3W208U41-8647.7%51733-8538.8%5416
1/1/2018LA LAKERS114-96W-10W214U40-8149.4%471734-7644.7%4824
1/3/2018@ BROOKLYN              
1/5/2018@ BOSTON              
1/6/2018NEW ORLEANS              
1/10/2018OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/12/2018NEW YORK              
1/16/2018@ ORLANDO              
1/18/2018@ HOUSTON              

BROOKLYN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/26/2017@ MEMPHIS98-88W5.5W212U33-7444.6%531732-8040.0%4214
11/27/2017@ HOUSTON103-117L18W224U40-8646.5%481342-8648.8%5315
11/29/2017@ DALLAS109-104W5.5W211O42-9046.7%621439-8446.4%4611
12/4/2017@ ATLANTA110-90W1W221.5U41-8548.2%582230-8236.6%4618
12/7/2017*OKLAHOMA CITY100-95W7W216U35-8043.7%611338-9838.8%6612
12/14/2017NEW YORK104-111L-1.5L213O37-8344.6%521741-8946.1%5013
12/15/2017@ TORONTO87-120L13L218.5U32-7642.1%442254-9755.7%508
12/23/2017@ INDIANA119-123L9.5W216.5O42-9842.9%611047-9052.2%498
12/26/2017@ SAN ANTONIO97-109L11.5L207U39-9341.9%501341-8051.2%4912
12/27/2017@ NEW ORLEANS113-128L9L222.5O41-9045.6%461548-9053.3%5110
12/29/2017@ MIAMI111-87W6W204U39-7949.4%591830-8933.7%5011
12/31/2017@ BOSTON105-108L9.5W209.5O39-9541.1%53939-7949.4%5517
1/12/2018@ ATLANTA              
1/13/2018@ WASHINGTON              
1/15/2018NEW YORK              
1/17/2018SAN ANTONIO              
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.
BROOKLYN: It's not often a player who was the No. 2 pick in the draft becomes available after just two seasons, but the Nets found one when the Lakers were looking to move on from point guard D'Angelo Russell. A change of scenery could be what Russell needs after some turbulent times in Los Angeles. The Nets still don't have any superstars, and teams need those to win big in the NBA. But they bolstered their roster enough that they should win more games than they did last season, especially if Jeremy Lin meshes well with Russell and manages to stay healthy after having been limited to just 36 games last season.
Towns, surging Timberwolves visit Nets

On June 25, 2015, Karl Anthony-Towns and Jahlil Okafor sported suits and hats of their respect new teams -- the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers.

They were first-round picks and trusted with being significant components of rebuilding efforts.

While Towns is among the key figures for a retooled team in Minnesota, Okafor is in a state of flux after being obtained by the Brooklyn Nets last month.

Okafor is expected to make his home debut for the Nets on Wednesday night against Towns and Timberwolves at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Okafor's minutes will not as extensive as the 35.6 minutes per game Towns plays, but the former third overall pick will see some time in front of the home crowd.

"He's been doing a phenomenal job getting ready physically with our assistant coaches, learning what we're doing," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters before Monday's game against the Orlando Magic. "So collectively we feel that he's ready to get some minutes."

Since being obtained along with Nik Stauskas for Trevor Booker, Okafor's only action was a 22-minute outing when he scored 10 points in a blowout loss at Toronto on Dec. 15. Before joining the Nets, he only played in two games this season, which is among the reasons his minutes will be built up gradually.

"It was more than just being fit enough," Okafor told reporters. "I think it was just being in a new environment and learning the system. So, I'm looking forward to playing on Wednesday."

Wednesday will mark the fifth time Okafor and Towns will face each other. The last time they played against each other was exactly a year ago, when Okafor played 10 minutes and Towns scored 23 points in 37 minutes in a 93-91 victory by Philadelphia.

Towns averages 20.2 points and 11.6 rebounds on 53.2 percent shooting and 40.6 percent from 3-point range. He posted his 11th double-double in the last 13 games by getting 16 points and 13 rebounds in Monday's 114-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Timberwolves (24-14) are 7-1 in their last eight games and 10-3 in their last 13. During the last 13 contests, Towns is averaging 21.1 points, 11.6 rebounds on 55.3 percent shooting from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range.

Also on a roll for Minnesota is Jimmy Butler, who scored 28 points Monday. Butler averaged 26.5 points in 15 games last month and scored at least 25 points in six of his last eight games with 23 and 20 in the other two.

More importantly than Towns or Butler's showings was a second straight night with a comfortable lead that allowed the Timberwolves to rest starters on the second night of a back-to-back set.

"We're striving to be good, we just got to continue to keep growing, continue to be great and don't get bored with the process," Towns told reporters. "We're finding some success right now. Don't get too comfortable with it."

The Nets (14-23) are 3-8 in their last 11 games but are seeking a third straight home win for the second time this season. Brooklyn returned from a 1-4 road trip and posted a 98-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Brooklyn improved to 9-0 when holding a team to fewer than 100 points and 7-0 when holding a team to less than 40 percent shooting after Orlando shot 36.5. The Nets also recorded a season-high 10 blocks and limited the Magic to 19.4 percent from 3-point range.

"It wasn't going our way. Our guys, we never got rattled," Atkinson said. "They just kept at it, trusting our principles, trusting our habits, and we executed, executed offensively and executed defensively. There weren't many breakdowns. We really grinded it out."

Rookie Jarrett Allen, who is ahead of Okafor on the depth chart at center, scored a career-high 16 points to lead the team in scoring for the first time. Caris LeVert added 15 and reached double figures for the ninth straight game and 14th time in last 15 contests.

LeVert and Allen are forming a good chemistry in recent games, with Allen dunking off LeVert's passing in pick-and-roll plays.

"I don't know where it came from, but it's just been there since we started playing together," Allen said.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also enters Wednesday with eighth straight games in double figures after scoring 13 points Monday.

Minnesota is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. In the Wolves' 129-109 home win Jan. 28, Towns totaled 37 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Last Updated: 1/22/2019 4:12:02 PM EST

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