Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets Free Preview 04/05/18

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08 April, 2018

The win moved Denver into a tie with Minnesota for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference (the Timberwolves still lead the head-to-head tiebreaker 2-1 over the Nuggets with one game between the two teams).

Hawks 103, Wizards 97: Tyler Dorsey scored a career-high 22 points, and Taurean Prince made big plays down the stretch as Atlanta beat playoff-bound Washington. The moneyline for the Denver Nuggets is -205, compared to +172 for the Minnesota Timberwolves and 51.8% have picked the Denver Nuggets to win the game.

7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Pacific division. The seven-foot center has scored at least 20 points in three straight games which included a spectacular 56 point night last week, and he is now up to 21.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. The 25-year old shooting guard has scored at least 16 points in three consecutive games, and he stands fifth in team scoring with 13.9 points on a 43% field goal efficiency. Lakers' leading scorer Kyle Kuzma led the way offensively with a 30 point effort on 11 for 23 shooting.

The Nuggets rank well in offensive rebounds per game (#2), three point percentage (#5) and assists per game (#5).

Thibodeau responded "yes" when asked if Butler would play against the Lakers. In that time, their straight up record is 5-2 with a 3.6 average point differential.

Their games have topped the Over/Under 4 times, falling under 3 times. They responded to an electric Target Center atmosphere Sunday in Utah with a lackluster effort resulting in a 24-point blowout defeat.

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Jeff Teague (Day To Day - Knee): The Timberwolves have listed Teague as probable for Friday's game (Apr. 6) against the Lakers. He finished with 10 points but his defense was solid as always. The Timberwolves' turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Nuggets. Their weakest areas are defensive rebounds per game (#27), blocks per game (#24) and three-point percentage (#19).

Lopez scored the first 15 points for the Lakers, outscoring Minnesota by himself over the first six minutes of the game.

The Timberwolves have been outscored by an average of 6.2 points in their last five games.

Denver opened as a 5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 226.5 points.

Knicks 122, Heat 98: Rookie second-round pick Damyean Dotson had a career-high 30 points and Trey Burke added 17 as NY had one of the biggest one-game turnarounds in National Basketball Association history in a win over visiting Miami.


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