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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (48 - 39) at SAN ANTONIO (48 - 39)
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018 8:35 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-39-28.340-4448-38109.155.447.6%50.0107.553.547.4%49.1
Road Games17-27-22.318-2422-22106.853.847.0%48.6108.853.747.6%50.4
Last 5 Games1-4-2.22-33-2101.649.446.0%53.6110.453.044.5%51.8
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.155.441-8647.6%8-2236.0%19-2480.0%501023188124
vs opponents surrendering106.253.440-8646.0%10-2936.1%17-2276.5%521023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)106.853.840-8547.0%8-2235.4%19-2481.2%491021188124
Stats Against (All Games)107.553.540-8547.4%11-3036.4%16-2177.7%491024216145
vs opponents averaging106.553.739-8645.9%11-3036.0%17-2276.4%521023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.853.741-8647.6%11-3136.2%16-2177.7%501025207145

SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-39-7.443-4040-45102.449.945.5%51.4100.249.745.4%50.2
Home Games34-9+17.427-1521-22105.251.947.2%51.398.249.744.9%48.0
Last 5 Games1-4-2.22-32-296.846.841.3%45.8105.649.447.8%53.8
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.449.939-8545.5%8-2434.8%16-2177.6%511023178135
vs opponents surrendering106.553.840-8646.0%11-2936.2%17-2276.6%521023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)105.251.940-8547.2%9-2535.9%16-2079.3%511023178126
Stats Against (All Games)100.249.738-8445.4%9-2634.7%14-1976.3%50922207144
vs opponents averaging106.753.840-8646.2%11-2936.2%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.249.737-8344.9%9-2635.6%14-1876.5%48921198144
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96,  SAN ANTONIO 96.8
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/20/2018@ DALLAS              
10/24/2018@ TORONTO              
10/29/2018LA LAKERS              
11/2/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              

SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2018@ PORTLAND              
10/22/2018@ LA LAKERS              
10/27/2018LA LAKERS              
10/31/2018@ PHOENIX              
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.
SAN ANTONIO: LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Gregg Popovich (23rd season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Patty Mills (12.0 ppg), G DeMar DeRozan (11.5 ppg, Toronto), F Rudy Gay (10.5 ppg), F LaMarcus Aldridge, (18.0 ppg), C Jakob Poeltl (7.2 ppg, Toronto).
KEY LOSSES: F Kawhi Leonard, G Manu Ginobili, G Tony Parker, G Danny Green
KEY ADDITIONS: DeRozan, Poeltl, F Marco Belinelli, G Lonnie Walker, C Chimezie Metu
PLAYERS TO WATCH: San Antonio's backcourt will be key in determining how the team fares this season after PG Dejounte Murray tore his right ACL. DeRozan comes to San Antonio along with Poeltl after an unexpected trade by Toronto for Leonard and Green. DeRozan wanted to remain with the Raptors his entire career, so he felt betrayed and was upset by the trade initially. The 6-foot-7 guard has since embraced San Antonio and stated he will take his revenge out on the league this season.
OUTLOOK: The Spurs were third in the West most of last season despite not having their leading scorer and defender in Leonard for all but nine games last season. San Antonio adapted throughout the season in preparation for Leonard's return, which never happened. In Leonard's place is DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, who should provide Aldridge with the additional scoring punch the team lacked at times in the starting lineup. The addition and maturation of young stars like Walker, Poeltl, Metu, G Derrick White and G Bryn Forbes along with DeRozan and Gay also provides the Spurs with one of the most athletic teams they have had in years.
Spurs, Timberwolves kick off campaign full of hope

The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves have been two of the most talked about teams in the NBA during the offseason so perhaps it's only fitting that they open their 2018-19 campaigns against each other Wednesday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs have recorded 21 straight winning seasons and compiled the second-highest winning percentage of any team in the four major professional sports during that span. They have won five NBA championships and earned 12 division titles in that time.

It will be a decidedly different Spurs team this season. Gone are venerable guard and sixth-man Manu Ginobili to retirement after spending all of his 16 years in the NBA in San Antonio, and point guard Tony Parker, who signed with Charlotte as a free agent.

Also subtracted from the Spurs' lineup are forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green, who were traded to Toronto in exchange for guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick from Toronto. DeRozan is a four-time All-Star and two-time all-league player who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Raptors.

The Spurs will be led by forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is starting his fourth season with San Antonio and 13th in the NBA. He led the Spurs in scoring (23.1 points) and rebounding (8.5) while averaging 33.5 minutes in 75 games last year.

"I feel good," Aldridge said Monday. "I had a great offseason, getting healthy. Had a good camp as far as working on things and finding chemistry with the guys, so I feel good. Just ready to go."

The Spurs have been racked with injuries in the preseason, losing guards Lonnie Walker IV, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White -- in that order -- to long-term injuries over a six-day span. Murray tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the entire season.

Veteran point guard Patty Mills said the Spurs will be ready despite the new lineup and the challenges created by the injuries.

"It's been a very quick preseason, knowing that we've got a new team and there's a lot of stuff to try to get everyone on the same page," Mills said. "In that sense, we blinked our eyes and here we are, getting ready for our first game of the season.

"But I think, like always, we can hang our hat on our system and the way that we like to play. Anyone can kind of fill in roles as long as we do it together and see the big picture."

The Timberwolves, who returned to the playoffs last season after a 13-year absence, were enjoying a mostly quiet offseason until guard Jimmy Butler disrupted things by demanding a trade shortly before training camp began.

Butler, who averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and two steals a game in last season, missed most of training camp and the preseason before returning to the team last Wednesday.

Asked if the Timberwolves are still trying to trade Butler, coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau said the team is always looking at options.

"Whatever is best for our team, that's what we'll do," Thibodeau said. ""Everything's fluid. We'll continue to work through things."

Minnesota is led by All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague, and will get quality minutes and physicality from forward Taj Gibson.

The Timberwolves replaced stretch forward Nemanja Bjelica in the offseason with Anthony Tolliver, re-signed point-guard Derrick Rose, and made a couple draft picks that could contribute (Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop).

Minnesota was 1-4 in the preseason, and Towns, who signed a super-max contract extension with the Timberwolves last month, is not pleased with his team's play heading into the regular campaign.

"We don't got no more time to be here saying, 'Aw, it's OK; it's preseason,'" Towns said after Minnesota's 143-121 loss to Milwaukee on Friday. "This momentum we're riding right now, this wave we're riding, it's not good. It's not good at all."

It remains to be seen how the Butler fiasco will affect the team, but one thing is likely: The Timberwolves that will hit the court against San Antonio on Wednesday will not be as good as the team will be in mid- and late-season.

Last Updated: 3/23/2019 4:38:46 AM EST

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