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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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Denver 46-35 37-41-3 110.05 108.48 1.57 20-20-1 17-21-2 40-39-2 20-21 20-18-2
Minnesota 46-35 36-42-3 109.48 107.30 2.18 19-19-2 17-23-1 44-36-1 23-16-1 21-20
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
DEN 25.19 14.38 1.75
MIN 22.68 11.80 1.92
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
DEN 10.96 33.47 44.43
MIN 10.38 31.59 41.97
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
DEN 47.03 47.63 -0.6
MIN 47.66 47.58 0.08
Team Records

Denver Nuggets

Name
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 46-35 31-10 15-25 37-41-3 20-20-1 17-21-2 110.05 108.48 1.57
Last 10 8-2 4-0 4-2 6-4 1-3 5-1 114.00 108.60 5.40
vs Div 9-6 7-1 2-5 9-5-1 5-2-1 4-3 102.20 101.80 0.40
vs EAST 18-12 10-5 8-7 12-17-1 4-11 8-6-1 114.30 110.93 3.37
vs WEST 28-23 21-5 7-18 25-24-2 16-9-1 9-15-1 107.55 107.04 0.51

Minnesota Timberwolves

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 46-35 29-11 17-24 36-42-3 19-19-2 17-23-1 109.48 107.30 2.18
Last 10 6-4 3-2 3-2 4-5-1 2-2-1 2-3 107.00 105.10 1.90
vs Div 9-6 6-1 3-5 8-7 3-4 5-3 109.07 108.67 0.40
vs EAST 13-17 9-6 4-11 10-18-2 7-7-1 3-11-1 109.17 108.40 0.77
vs WEST 33-18 20-5 13-13 26-24-1 12-12-1 14-12 109.67 106.65 3.02

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 110.05 6 107.30 17
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 108.45 7 105.75 18
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 43.17 15 40.60 3
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 109.48 7 108.48 22
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 111.43 7 111.40 26
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 43.08 23 42.97 8

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Denver 6-4 6-4 4-6 104.40 55.80 45.97 40.70 68/197 7.50
Minnesota 4-6 4-6 4-6 104.30 52.90 46.02 44.30 102/277 5.80

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Apr 5, 2018 MIN 96 DEN 100 -4.5 MIN 224.5 U MIN Push DEN 54 51 42.9 39.3 47 47 6/24 11/36 4 3
Dec 27, 2017 DEN 125 MIN 128 -5 DEN 211.5 O MIN DEN DEN 58 71 46.2 52.2 48 42 15/39 12/29 3 4
Dec 20, 2017 MIN 112 DEN 104 -1 MIN 214.5 O DEN DEN DEN 50 52 49.4 50 37 42 8/24 13/28 12 6
Feb 15, 2017 MIN 112 DEN 99 -6.5 MIN 225.5 U MIN DEN DEN 62 60 47.7 40.4 45 49 6/18 11/34 12 4
Jan 22, 2017 DEN 108 MIN 111 -3.5 DEN 221 U MIN DEN DEN 58 62 51.2 53.6 40 36 7/24 6/15 7 11
Dec 28, 2016 MIN 103 DEN 105 -4 MIN 217 U DEN MIN DEN 49 49 44.7 51.9 43 38 7/25 10/28 8 6
Nov 3, 2016 DEN 102 MIN 99 -3.5 DEN 204.5 U DEN DEN MIN 55 61 48.1 39.8 44 43 6/22 9/22 10 8
Jan 6, 2016 DEN 78 MIN 74 -3.5 DEN 201.5 U MIN DEN DEN 42 44 35.8 38.4 46 40 8/20 3/11 3 5
Dec 15, 2015 DEN 112 MIN 100 -6.5 DEN 202.5 O DEN DEN DEN 63 49 56.2 46.8 39 31 10/18 4/10 9 6
Dec 11, 2015 MIN 108 DEN 111 -1 DEN 202 O DEN DEN DEN 56 41 43.7 44.2 43 50 7/19 11/28 5 7

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Denver Nuggets

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Apr 9, 2018 POR 88-82 W -4.5 220.5 W/U 37.35 76.92 6 H
Apr 7, 2018 LAC 134-115 W -3.5 222 W/O 62.35 69.57 12 A
Apr 5, 2018 MIN 100-96 W -4.5 224.5 L/U 39.33 86.36 11 H
Apr 3, 2018 IND 107-104 W -4 212 L/U 46.07 75.00 10 H
Apr 1, 2018 MIL 128-125 W -5.5 223 L/O 44.44 80.43 11 H

Minnesota Timberwolves

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Apr 9, 2018 MEM 113-94 W -16 214 W/U 48.28 84.62 7 H
Apr 6, 2018 LAL 113-96 W -5 221 W/U 43.00 73.08 8 A
Apr 5, 2018 DEN 96-100 L 4.5 224.5 W/U 42.86 75.00 6 A
Apr 1, 2018 UTA 97-121 L 2.5 208 L/O 42.22 92.86 8 H
Mar 30, 2018 DAL 93-92 W -6 217 L/U 42.17 88.24

 

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