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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 3/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (55 - 14) at MINNESOTA (40 - 30)
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-14+1836-3230-38113.458.746.2%51.3104.552.746.4%50.0
Road Games28-8+17.423-1313-22111.357.646.0%50.1102.451.445.9%50.6
Last 5 Games4-1+2.42-30-5105.450.445.0%52.896.050.643.8%52.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.458.739-8446.2%15-4236.4%20-2678.8%51922209135
vs opponents surrendering106.353.639-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.357.639-8446.0%15-4236.7%19-2379.8%50921199135
Stats Against (All Games)104.552.740-8546.4%10-2935.8%15-2075.2%50823217145
vs opponents averaging106.153.540-8646.2%10-2836.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.451.439-8545.9%11-2935.9%14-1875.6%51922207145

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games40-30-17.632-3539-30109.755.848.0%49.5107.353.047.7%48.5
Home Games26-8+2.717-1619-14111.357.248.1%51.6104.852.146.9%47.7
Last 5 Games2-3-0.22-34-1108.649.849.0%47.2112.859.648.6%51.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.755.841-8648.0%8-2235.7%19-2480.2%501023188124
vs opponents surrendering106.353.640-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)111.357.242-8748.1%8-2335.4%19-2578.5%521124188114
Stats Against (All Games)107.353.040-8547.7%11-3036.2%16-2078.3%481024216155
vs opponents averaging106.553.740-8646.0%11-2936.3%17-2276.6%521023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.852.139-8446.9%11-2935.8%15-2078.1%481023216154
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95.9,  MINNESOTA 96
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/6/2018@ BROOKLYN123-113W-11.5L218O45-8155.6%451141-8548.2%4111
2/7/2018@ MIAMI109-101W-4.5W207O38-7451.4%44939-8844.3%4813
2/13/2018@ MINNESOTA126-108W-3W224O41-8349.4%46640-8447.6%488
2/25/2018@ DENVER119-114W-4W224.5O39-7750.6%481844-9148.4%5113
2/26/2018@ UTAH96-85W-1W211.5U34-7943.0%481531-7143.7%4922
2/28/2018@ LA CLIPPERS105-92W-8.5W229.5U36-8542.4%491036-7945.6%5316
3/6/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY122-112W-5.5W219.5O38-7153.5%442146-9349.5%4419
3/7/2018@ MILWAUKEE110-99W-6W214U39-8247.6%561638-8345.8%4613
3/9/2018@ TORONTO105-108L-3L220U40-8149.4%441341-8548.2%5116
3/11/2018@ DALLAS105-82W-10W211.5U39-8446.4%511133-9435.1%6610
3/12/2018SAN ANTONIO109-93W-11W212U39-8048.7%571533-8140.7%4413
3/15/2018LA CLIPPERS101-96W-11L225U35-9038.9%591144-9745.4%579
3/17/2018@ NEW ORLEANS107-101W-8.5L226.5U39-9242.4%53841-8150.6%4514
3/18/2018@ MINNESOTA              
3/20/2018@ PORTLAND              
3/24/2018NEW ORLEANS              
4/1/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              

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 ANTONIO101-117L4.5L213O39-8148.1%491649-9651.0%455
3/20/2018LA CLIPPERS              
3/23/2018@ NEW YORK              
3/24/2018@ PHILADELPHIA              
3/30/2018@ DALLAS              
HOUSTON: After being eliminated by the Spurs in the conference semifinals, the Rockets made a bold move by trading for Chris Paul to give Houston another All-Star to play with Harden and try to narrow the gap in the Western Conference. It will be interesting to see how head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense runs with both Paul and Harden in it. Paul gets a fresh start in Houston after being dogged by criticism in recent years for failing to get the Clippers out of the second round of the playoffs. The Rockets expect him to be the piece that gets them into the conference finals after coming up just short last year. The defense should be better after not only adding Paul, but also P.J. Tucker to a unit that lost defensive specialist Patrick Beverley in the trade with the Clippers.
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.
Timberwolves get another shot to beat Rockets

A week ago, the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked off an elite Western Conference team on their homecourt by asking Karl Anthony-Towns to make the plays down the stretch.

The Timberwolves get another crack at beating an elite conference foe Sunday night when they host the NBA-best Houston Rockets.

Minnesota will be facing Houston on the second night of a back-to-back for both teams. It will do so a week after Towns scored 14 of his 31 in the final 12 minutes of a 109-103 home win over the Golden State Warriors.

Minnesota (40-30) is sixth in the Western Conference but it's a position that changes frequently.

The Timberwolves are 1 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose game in Toronto starts six hours before Minnesota faces Houston. Minnesota also is a half-game ahead of eighth-place New Orleans and two in front of Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Everybody is playing like every game means something," Minnesota reserve Jamal Crawford told reporters. "You could see it through the TV (watching the Pelicans-Spurs on Thursday), so I could only imagine what it's like in person. Everybody is playing for something now: Some for No. 1 seed. Some for their playoff lives. Some ending the season with pride."

Towns scored 23 points in a 117-101 loss at San Antonio on Saturday. He is averaging 25.5 points in his last six games and followed up the big plays against Golden State by getting 37 at Washington on Tuesday.

Andrew Wiggins added 21 points Saturday and is averaging 20.1 points in his last six games.

"They're growing," Minnesota Tom Thibodeau told reporters while discussing Towns and Wiggins. "That's the best part about them being young. There's room for a lot of growth the way they're playing."

Minnesota is 4-4 since losing Jimmy Butler to knee surgery on Feb. 24. They took the loss after allowing the Spurs to make 19 straight shots at one point while being unable to stop LaMarcus Aldridge from producing 39 points.

"Yeah, we let that one go, but we have another one tomorrow," Minnesota forward Taj Gibson told reporters. "We can't look back on what we did. These games are coming one right after another. We got a tough one tomorrow against Houston and another tough one with the Clippers two days after that."

The Rockets (55-14) are certainly glad Towns made those plays a week ago as it helped them gain a 2 1/2 game lead on Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Now they're hoping to contain Towns like they did in the last meeting when Towns shot 6 of 15 in a 120-102 loss at Houston on Feb. 23. Towns is averaging 25 points in the first three meetings, but the Rockets have posted three 18-point victories.

Houston's three wins over Minnesota are part of a 28-3 stretch since Jan. 6. The Rockets also are 21-1 in their last 22 contests after James Harden scored 11 of his 32 points in an otherwise ugly fourth quarter in Saturday's 107-101 win at New Orleans.

The Rockets missed 16 of 22 shots and scored 23 points in the final 12 minutes but Harden helped secure things by hitting a 27-foot 3-pointer with 91 seconds left for a nine-point lead.

"We could have been a little cleaner down the stretch," Rockets guard Chris Paul told reporters after scoring 21 points. "We probably could have executed better, but we'll take the win."

Paul does have a point with his comments. Houston has scored less than 110 points in five straight games and in seven of the last nine.

Still, the Rockets (55-14) have little to complain about. They are three wins shy of matching the club record set by the 1993-94 club, which beat the New York Knicks for the first title in team history.

Including the three wins this season, Houston has won five straight meetings with Minnesota and 17 of the last 19. The Rockets also have scored at least 100 points in the last 16 meetings, with seven games or least 120 points in that span.

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