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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 1/22/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (15 - 28) at CHICAGO (16 - 29)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-28-2017-2423-20111.156.443.1%55.5114.656.846.2%56.8
Road Games9-13+1.412-913-9114.257.044.5%54.1116.757.446.9%56.1
Last 5 Games0-5-5.61-43-2105.859.242.5%48.2113.259.451.4%52.6
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.156.440-9243.1%13-3932.4%19-2576.0%551123218156
vs opponents surrendering111.255.641-9045.6%12-3435.4%17-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.257.041-9144.5%14-3935.0%19-2577.4%541023218156
Stats Against (All Games)114.656.842-9146.2%11-3235.6%19-2478.9%571123227156
vs opponents averaging111.355.641-8946.0%12-3335.5%18-2377.6%541024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.757.443-9246.9%11-3135.6%19-2579.1%561124228156

CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-29-15.821-2421-23105.752.943.6%50.5107.852.746.5%55.0
Home Games9-14-8.610-1311-12105.153.443.3%51.3106.253.046.1%54.8
Last 5 Games2-302-31-3104.249.446.2%44.0109.257.450.8%49.8
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.752.939-8943.6%12-3534.9%16-2176.7%5010232210144
vs opponents surrendering110.855.841-8945.6%12-3435.6%17-2276.9%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)105.153.439-8943.3%12-3535.3%16-2175.9%5111232110155
Stats Against (All Games)107.852.739-8346.5%11-3234.4%19-2676.2%551025198176
vs opponents averaging110.555.541-8945.7%12-3435.5%17-2376.4%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)106.253.038-8346.1%11-3233.1%19-2576.9%551025209176
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 97.3,  CHICAGO 96.1
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/13/2019LA CLIPPERS117-124L4.5L227.5O38-8544.7%461839-7949.4%5119
12/18/2019NEW ORLEANS99-107L-3L230U36-9537.9%581038-8644.2%6317
12/20/2019@ DENVER100-109L10.5W215U36-8741.4%541444-8949.4%5215
12/21/2019@ PORTLAND106-113L7T228U38-8743.7%481640-9442.6%6114
12/23/2019@ GOLDEN STATE104-113L1L220.5U35-8839.8%511638-8644.2%6119
12/26/2019@ SACRAMENTO105-104W7W220U36-10434.6%731337-10734.6%7512
1/1/2020@ MILWAUKEE104-106L18W220.5U34-9137.4%601140-9442.6%6717
1/2/2020GOLDEN STATE99-84W-3W211.5U38-9540.0%621233-7742.9%5216
1/5/2020@ CLEVELAND118-103W-6W217O47-9549.5%501640-8447.6%4920
1/7/2020@ MEMPHIS112-119L4.5L228O40-9044.4%501846-8951.7%4916
1/11/2020@ HOUSTON109-139L11L232O36-9537.9%581849-9551.6%6518
1/13/2020OKLAHOMA CITY104-117L2L218O38-9141.8%44941-8250.0%5815
1/17/2020@ INDIANA114-116L6.5W218O40-8845.5%421346-8256.1%5013
1/22/2020@ CHICAGO              
1/25/2020OKLAHOMA CITY              
2/1/2020@ LA CLIPPERS              
2/3/2020@ SACRAMENTO              

CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/14/2019LA CLIPPERS109-106W3.5W214.5O40-8547.1%531735-8043.7%5015
12/16/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY106-109L5W208O43-8749.4%371335-6950.7%4826
12/18/2019@ WASHINGTON110-109W1W229.5U39-9740.2%591534-9535.8%6814
12/21/2019@ DETROIT119-107W-1.5W210O40-7751.9%551840-8746.0%3416
12/23/2019@ ORLANDO95-103L5L206U35-8839.8%541539-8247.6%5312
1/6/2020@ DALLAS110-118L7.5L217.5O46-9846.9%49844-8452.4%5014
1/8/2020@ NEW ORLEANS108-123L3L223.5O41-9244.6%491241-8747.1%6314
1/11/2020@ DETROIT108-99W4W215U42-8350.6%421436-7846.2%5119
1/13/2020@ BOSTON101-113L9.5L214P37-8145.7%461439-8347.0%5012
1/17/2020@ PHILADELPHIA89-100L8L213U35-8143.2%461640-8248.8%4611
1/20/2020@ MILWAUKEE98-111L15.5W225.5U34-9237.0%441645-7857.7%6223
1/25/2020@ CLEVELAND              
1/27/2020SAN ANTONIO              
1/29/2020@ INDIANA              
1/31/2020@ BROOKLYN              
2/2/2020@ TORONTO              
2/6/2020NEW ORLEANS              
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.
CHICAGO: LAST SEASON: 22-60, missed playoffs.
COACH: Jim Boylen (first full season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kris Dunn (11.3 ppg), G Zach LaVine (23.7 ppg), F Otto Porter Jr. (13.9 ppg with Washington, Chicago), F Lauri Markkanen (18.7 ppg), C Wendell Carter Jr. (10.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: C Robin Lopez
KEY ADDITIONS: F Thaddeus Young, G Coby White, G Tom's Satoransk'
PLAYERS TO WATCH: With the All-Star Game in Chicago for the first time since 1988, Markkanen and LaVine would love a chance to perform for the home crowd. More important, getting picked would probably mean the Bulls are starting to win. Boylen would like both players to improve on defense, an area where Chicago ranked near the bottom of the NBA last season. He also wants Markkanen to become a more consistent rebounder in his third season. Dunn took a step back last season and now has competition after the Bulls drafted White with the No. 7 pick and acquired Satoransk' from Washington.
OUTLOOK: The Bulls see themselves contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after posting one of the worst records in franchise history. If they stay healthy after an injury-riddled season and get the improvement they anticipate from their core players, it might not be a stretch.
Timberwolves bring six-game losing streak to Chicago

The host Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves enter Wednesday night's game at United Center with identical January records of 3-8.

Minnesota has lost six straight and Chicago has dropped three of its last five. If there's a silver lining to the clubs' first meeting of the season, it's that one side will emerge with a much-needed win.

"You've got to go out there and do your part and just try to keep leading," Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said.

Minnesota remained within one possession of the Western Conference-contending Denver Nuggets for much of Monday's second half, and a Keita Bates-Diop dunk over Nuggets star Nikola Jokic trimmed the deficit to 88-85 with 8:33 to go.

But Denver distanced itself down the stretch en route to a 107-100 road win, extending the Wolves' slide despite a 28-point, eight-rebound effort from Towns.

The Timberwolves, who lost 11 straight games from Dec. 1-23, have fallen by double digits three times during their current skid.

"I think we have great guys in here, and we have to set our foundation, and our foundation has to be set with consistency," Towns said. "It's not good enough to be six out of seven days consistent. You've got to be seven out of seven days. That's what we're striving for, and we're going to reach it."

Bulls coach Jim Boylen channeled similar resolve after Chicago's 111-98 loss at Milwaukee on Monday afternoon. The Bulls struggled to 37 percent shooting against the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks, including a 14-for-48 effort (29.2 percent) from deep.

"We just keep fighting and scrapping," Boylen said. "If we have a normal shooting night from the 3, it's a different outcome."

Guard Zach LaVine, who spent his first three NBA seasons with Minnesota, paced the Bulls with 24 points and has scored at least 20 points in 11 straight games.

Still, the Bulls endured a familiar struggle in trying to cultivate scoring depth behind LaVine. Lauri Markkanen, acquired with LaVine via trade on draft day in 2017, shot just 2-for-11 against the Bucks and missed all seven attempts from long distance.

"I know he's going to work," Boylen said. "He cares and he has high character. I believe in him and our team believes in him."

Markkanen also expressed optimism about rebounding from his recent woes.

"I've had long stretches where I didn't make shots," he said. "I'm not worried about that."

The 7-foot Markkanen stands three 3-pointers shy of becoming just the third Bull to drill 100 treys in his first three seasons in the league.

Minnesota defeated Chicago in both meetings last season, rolling by 15 points at home and 25 on the road. The Timberwolves have won three straight in the series and seven of eight overall.

The Timberwolves will host the Bulls on March 4 to complete the season series.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/19/2020 2:55:44 AM EST

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