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Timberwolves Host Nuggets — Winner is In NBA Playoffs

Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves and Nuggets — “You’re In if You Win”

The Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves meet at Target Center on Wednesday night. This game is the culmination of the 82 game regular season. It is winner take all. The winner of this game proceeds to the NBA playoffs.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), FS North (Minnesota).

Oddsmakers opened the Timberwolves as -4-point favorites versus the Nuggets, while the game’s total opened at 220. The line is now Minnesota -3.5 and the total is at 216.

Months of play have led to Wednesday’s final regular-season game between these two teams in Minnesota. Wednesday’s winner will go to the playoffs. The loser will start its offseason and prepare for the draft.

The seeding possibilities for the winner in the packed Western Conference standings are not determined yet.  A win is the only thing that matters for now for these two teams.

The Nuggets came from behind to beat Portland 88-82 on Monday to set up this showdown.

No One Expected This From Either Team, Especially the Trail Blazers

Two weeks ago it didn’t seem feasible the season coming down to the final game. Minnesota was playing without All-Star Jimmy Butler. They were fading down the stretch. When the Wolves lost 100-96 at Denver on April 5, it was their final game without Butler and ended a 6-9 stretch.

Minnesota has won the past two games with Butler back in the lineup after having knee surgery. Monday’s win against Portland was the Nuggets’ sixth in a row.

It will be a different matchup than the one six days earlier. Butler didn’t play in that game. He is still on a minutes restriction and Butler played 22:58 in Monday’s win. He had 15 points, three steals and three assists.

Taj Gibson left Monday’s game early with a sore neck. He is questionable for Wednesday.

The Nuggets got back guard Gary Harris on Monday. He had missed 11 games with a knee injury. He had 12 points and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench.

Minnesota is riding a 13-season playoff drought. Gibson knows the intensity that will come Wednesday. He experienced a win-and-in regular-season finale in 2010 with the Bulls. Teammate Derrick Rose also was on that Chicago team.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Denver46-3537-41-3110.05108.481.5720-20-117-21-240-39-220-2120-18-2
Minnesota46-3536-42-3109.48107.302.1819-19-217-23-144-36-123-16-121-20
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
DEN25.1914.381.75
MIN22.6811.801.92
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
DEN10.9633.4744.43
MIN10.3831.5941.97
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
DEN47.0347.63-0.6
MIN47.6647.580.08
Team Records

Denver Nuggets

Name
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall46-3531-1015-2537-41-320-20-117-21-2110.05108.481.57
Last 108-24-04-26-41-35-1114.00108.605.40
vs Div9-67-12-59-5-15-2-14-3102.20101.800.40
vs EAST18-1210-58-712-17-14-118-6-1114.30110.933.37
vs WEST28-2321-57-1825-24-216-9-19-15-1107.55107.040.51

Minnesota Timberwolves

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall46-3529-1117-2436-42-319-19-217-23-1109.48107.302.18
Last 106-43-23-24-5-12-2-12-3107.00105.101.90
vs Div9-66-13-58-73-45-3109.07108.670.40
vs EAST13-179-64-1110-18-27-7-13-11-1109.17108.400.77
vs WEST33-1820-513-1326-24-112-12-114-12109.67106.653.02

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense110.056107.3017
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense108.457105.7518
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed43.171540.603
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense109.487108.4822
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense111.437111.4026
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed43.082342.978

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Denver6-46-44-6104.4055.8045.9740.7068/1977.50
Minnesota4-64-64-6104.3052.9046.0244.30102/2775.80

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Apr 5, 2018MIN96DEN100-4.5MIN224.5UMINPushDEN545142.939.347476/2411/3643
Dec 27, 2017DEN125MIN128-5DEN211.5OMINDENDEN587146.252.2484215/3912/2934
Dec 20, 2017MIN112DEN104-1MIN214.5ODENDENDEN505249.45037428/2413/28126
Feb 15, 2017MIN112DEN99-6.5MIN225.5UMINDENDEN626047.740.445496/1811/34124
Jan 22, 2017DEN108MIN111-3.5DEN221UMINDENDEN586251.253.640367/246/15711
Dec 28, 2016MIN103DEN105-4MIN217UDENMINDEN494944.751.943387/2510/2886
Nov 3, 2016DEN102MIN99-3.5DEN204.5UDENDENMIN556148.139.844436/229/22108
Jan 6, 2016DEN78MIN74-3.5DEN201.5UMINDENDEN424435.838.446408/203/1135
Dec 15, 2015DEN112MIN100-6.5DEN202.5ODENDENDEN634956.246.8393110/184/1096
Dec 11, 2015MIN108DEN111-1DEN202ODENDENDEN564143.744.243507/1911/2857

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Denver Nuggets

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Apr 9, 2018POR88-82W-4.5220.5W/U37.3576.926H
Apr 7, 2018LAC134-115W-3.5222W/O62.3569.5712A
Apr 5, 2018MIN100-96W-4.5224.5L/U39.3386.3611H
Apr 3, 2018IND107-104W-4212L/U46.0775.0010H
Apr 1, 2018MIL128-125W-5.5223L/O44.4480.4311H

Minnesota Timberwolves

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Apr 9, 2018MEM113-94W-16214W/U48.2884.627H
Apr 6, 2018LAL113-96W-5221W/U43.0073.088A
Apr 5, 2018DEN96-100L4.5224.5W/U42.8675.006A
Apr 1, 2018UTA97-121L2.5208L/O42.2292.868H
Mar 30, 2018DAL93-92W-6217L/U42.1788.24

 

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