Minnesota v. Portland (Game #61) Preview

Statistical Breakdown:
Time: Tonight 7 p.m. CST
Place: Target Center
POR record: 34-27
MIN record: 14-46
POR road record: 15-14
MIN home record: 9-20
POR record v. Western Conf: 21-14
MIN record v. Western conf: 7-28
POR PPG: 97.6 (T-22nd)
MIN PPG: 97.6 (T-22nd)
POR opponents PPG: 95.3 (T-4th)
MIN opponents PPG: 106.1 (28th)
POR RPG Diff: +1.6 (10th)
MIN RPG Diff: +0.1 (17th)
POR AST/TO: 20.3/12.8 (T-8th)
MIN AST/TO: 19.7/16.1 (29th)
POR FG%: 46.3% (11th)
MIN FG%: 44.7% (25th)
POR opponents FG%: 46.4% (20th)
MIN opponents FG%: 47.5% (26th)
POR 3PT%: 35.2% (12th)
MIN 3PT%: 33.8% (25th)
POR FT%: 78.6% (4th)
MIN FT%: 73.9% (23rd)
Last meeting:
My prediction: POR 112-101

Preview: Watch college basketball tonight. Nova v. ‘Cuse and K-State v. Mizzou will be much more entertaining. This game might get out of hand if Minny does not play up to the best of their abilities. Portland brings to the table all of the things Minnesota struggles with:
Star player who has the ability to take over a game; very solid and deep bench; experience, enough athleticism to force the action in transition; long, lean, and athletic frontcourt; they can shoot; and they can defend.

Basically Portland is everything Minnesota should want to be. Andre Miller is veteran saavy and Jonny Flynn is struggling with the ball in his hands as of right now. Look for Miller to take advantage of him and go all Utah Ute style Miller on Flynn’s a$$! Lamarcus Aldridge is the guy who scares me the most offensively. He is a very gifted offensive player that can stretch the D with his shooting and versatility. Brandon Roy comes back to the town he should have played in (thanks McHale!) and he is always a beast when he plays the Wolves. The scariest matchup as a whole though will be Camby v. Hollins. Camby has been one of the premiere rebounders in the league over the past 10 years while Ryan Hollins might be is the worst rebounding big man in the league today. Advantage Portland! Travis Outlaw, Juwan Howard, Rudy Fernandez, Martell Webster, Joel Przybilla (aka Cole Aldrich Sr.), and Jerryd Bayless offer up one of the best benches in the league. The Wolves are barely deep enough to field a starting lineup let alone a great bench. Plus Minnesota has Sasha Pavlovic. Advantage Portland! Like I said folks, watch college ball tonight, this is not going to be pretty.

Key Matchups: Big Al v. Aldridge, Roy v. Brewer, Miller v. Flynn, Hollins/Darko (especially on back2back nights) v. Camby

Projected Starting Lineups:
Portland Trailblazers
PG Andre Miller 13.7 pts, 5.5 ast, 2.15 TO
SG Brandon Roy 22.4 pts, 4.8 ast, 4.4 reb
SF Nicolas Batum 8.1 pts, 3.6 reb
PF Lamarcus Aldridge 17.5 pts, 8.2 reb
C Marcus Camby 7.4 pts, 11.4 reb

Minnesota Timberwolves
PG Jonny Flynn 13.8 Pts, 4.3 Ast, 2.82 TO
SG Corey Brewer 13.1 Pts, 3.6 Reb
SF Ryan Gomes 10.7 Pts, 4.5 Reb
PF Al Jefferson 17.1 Pts, 9.3 Reb
C Ryan Hollins 6.4 Pts, 2.9 reb
Go Wolves!!!!!!!!!!

Topics: Big Al, Corey Brewer, Jonny Flynn, Minnesota Timberwolves, Ryan Hollins

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