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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 1/14/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (22 - 20) at MINNESOTA (28 - 16)
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-20-5.719-1916-26103.750.545.0%53.3102.850.844.9%51.0
Road Games12-10+3.413-810-12105.150.445.0%54.5103.649.344.1%53.2
Last 5 Games3-2+2.82-24-1112.652.050.1%49.2109.053.045.8%50.6
Division Games3-3+2.24-23-3102.348.748.4%50.7101.547.843.0%50.3
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.750.539-8645.0%9-2637.0%17-2179.0%531019207145
vs opponents surrendering106.553.740-8646.1%10-2936.3%17-2276.6%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.150.439-8745.0%9-2536.7%17-2278.1%541019217146
Stats Against (All Games)102.850.838-8544.9%9-2636.0%17-2275.1%51920208135
vs opponents averaging105.953.539-8546.1%10-2936.1%17-2276.2%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.649.339-8744.1%9-2635.9%17-2374.6%531021207135

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-16-8.821-2122-21108.555.747.6%49.9104.751.447.5%47.8
Home Games17-6-4.810-1211-11110.257.647.9%51.5103.951.247.6%46.7
Last 5 Games4-1+34-12-3109.855.648.1%54.496.847.044.3%47.2
Division Games8-1+7.66-36-2111.355.149.2%48.6106.652.448.1%45.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.555.741-8547.6%8-2335.2%19-2479.3%501123189124
vs opponents surrendering105.553.239-8545.9%10-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)110.257.642-8747.9%8-2336.2%19-2476.6%511224189114
Stats Against (All Games)104.751.440-8447.5%10-2936.0%15-1978.0%481024216165
vs opponents averaging10552.839-8545.8%10-2836.2%17-2275.7%521022208145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.951.239-8247.6%11-2937.5%15-1978.0%47924216164
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.2,  MINNESOTA 95.2
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/11/2017@ GOLDEN STATE104-111L8W217.5U37-8842.0%43944-8055.0%5014
12/13/2017@ MIAMI102-95W2.5W204.5U36-7250.0%381134-7247.2%4815
12/15/2017@ ORLANDO95-88W-4.5W208.5U37-8643.0%511432-8438.1%5715
12/16/2017@ CHARLOTTE93-91W3.5W204U37-8046.2%611933-9634.4%646
12/18/2017@ MINNESOTA107-108L4W207.5O46-8454.8%451742-9146.2%4610
12/20/2017SAN ANTONIO91-93L-3L198U38-9639.6%46841-8051.2%5722
12/23/2017@ LA LAKERS95-92W3W200.5U39-9541.1%581136-8542.4%6217
12/30/2017@ ATLANTA89-104L-2L203.5U36-8542.4%532040-8944.9%5313
1/1/2018@ CHICAGO124-120W3W201.5O47-10843.5%59845-10443.3%6712
1/2/2018@ CLEVELAND110-127L8.5L215.5O42-9046.7%511543-8351.8%5210
1/7/2018SAN ANTONIO111-110W-1T194.5O48-9252.2%43940-8149.4%5214
1/9/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY117-106W8W205O43-8153.1%501537-8444.0%4714
1/10/2018@ HOUSTON112-121L7L217O40-8348.2%551245-10045.0%5813
1/12/2018@ NEW ORLEANS113-119L3.5L219O45-10144.6%481145-8254.9%4918
1/14/2018@ MINNESOTA              
1/22/2018@ DENVER              
1/26/2018@ DALLAS              
1/30/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ BROOKLYN97-98L-6L211U36-8045.0%44837-7251.4%4219
1/5/2018@ BOSTON84-91L3L209.5U28-7636.8%521238-9440.4%6310
1/6/2018NEW ORLEANS116-98W-1.5W218U44-9048.9%51933-7842.3%4415
1/10/2018OKLAHOMA CITY104-88W-4W212.5U39-8048.7%541432-7940.5%4819
1/12/2018NEW YORK118-108W-8.5W208.5O49-9551.6%521245-8354.2%4116
1/16/2018@ ORLANDO              
1/18/2018@ HOUSTON              
1/22/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              
1/24/2018@ PORTLAND              
1/25/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
1/29/2018@ ATLANTA              
1/30/2018@ TORONTO              
PORTLAND: The Blazers made few changes in the offseason, sticking with a nucleus of backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who joined the team via trade last season and helped fuel a push to the playoffs. The 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast dropped lost about 35 pounds over the offseason in an effort to become quicker and more agile. A fan favorite, Nurkic suggested going into this season that the Blazers should become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of the 1980's and early '90s. A key for Nurkic'and the Blazers'is whether he can stay healthy. Another key will be who steps up to provide support for that trio. One candidate is rookie Caleb Swanigan, who was impressive in the preseason with Noah Vonleh recovering from a shoulder injury.
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.
Trail Blazers challenge Timberwolves' winning ways

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two consecutive contests that were close in the second half quickly turned into runaway victories for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they stretched their win streak to four games Friday night.

The Timberwolves are learning how to close out games and punish opponents in the second half.

Portland learned earlier this season that Minnesota was coming together with its new veterans meshing with its holdover young stars.

The Trail Blazers now hope to get healthy and start a run of their own, beginning Sunday against the Timberwolves.

"I feel good about where we are," Portland point guard Damian Lillard told The Oregonian. "Obviously this whole year we've been saying we wish we could have eight or nine games back that we feel like we should have won. But considering all those things, I think we're in a good spot. A lot of other teams are going through things as well. Looking at the last two seasons, since we had the big turnover in our roster, this is the best we've been at this point of the season. So I'm happy with where we are. We just have to keep getting better, keep growing."

Minnesota has shown its growth with Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague joining Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The most important development has been an improving defense to aid one of the league's most efficient offenses.

The Timberwolves (28-16), who have won their past four games by an average of 18 points, wrap up an impressive five-game homestand against the Blazers.

Minnesota beat New Orleans and Cleveland in the first two games of the homestand, leading each game by as many as 34 points. A close game against Oklahoma City turned into a 16-point win as the Wolves pulled away in the third quarter.

On Friday against New York, the Wolves took control in the fourth quarter of a 118-108 win.

"I think we've grown a lot as a unit," Gibson said. "You can tell that the urgency to win in this locker room is real important. From pretty much in the early months, it's a different attitude. Guys understanding that we really have a chance to do something special. So, guys just want to win. Whoever's out there, we're going to do it."

Towns was one assist shy of his second career triple-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds. But it was Towns' work with four reserves that led to the win. Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points and Gorgui Dieng had six in a 17-3 run at the start of the fourth.

The Wolves had eight players score in double figures and four bench players chipped in 37 points.

"I think we just have a good chemistry right now," Towns said. "We know where people are going to be. We're doing a great job of putting ourselves in spots that we know the person dribbling or facilitating the ball is comfortable getting into them."

Unlike Minnesota, Portland's calling card this season has been its offense, while the offense has been inconsistent. One reason has been the injuries that have hit the Trail Blazers (22-20).

Lillard has missed seven games. Fellow starters Jusuf Nurkic (three games) and Al-Farouq Aminu (13) have also missed time. Portland has used 10 starting lineups with 13 players making a start.

"It's been a long 41 games," Blazers coach Terry Stotts told the Oregonian.

Portland has lost two games in a row, which snapped a streak of six wins in eight games. Lilliard, CJ McCollum and Shabazz Napier all started Friday in a three-guard lineup used for the first time. Evan Turner missed the game with an illness.

"When you look back ... there's always problems that strike you during that course of the season," Stotts told The Oregonian. "Losing a lot of close games early was a topic. Certainly, the home losing streak was a topic. Not finishing in the paint has been a topic. I still think there's room to grow. The season's so long, you really can't afford to look back too much, so we're looking forward."

Turner's status for Sunday's game is uncertain. His return would provide the Blazers with a rare game with full health. Minnesota, too, is healthy after Teague returned two games ago.

The Wolves allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games on Friday, but are learning to rely on their defense.

"There's going to be nights in which you don't shoot the ball great," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If you defend and you rebound and you don't turn it over, you'll still be in position to win. You should be able to win with your defense. Those are some good signs. But we got another team coming in Sunday that can put a lot of points on the board. We need to be ready."

Last Updated: 10/18/2018 11:55:02 AM EST

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