Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Lineups, preview & prediction 4/11/18

Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Lineups, preview & prediction 4/11/18

The Nuggets lead the all-time regular season series 73-48: Minnesota has won two of three meetings this season but Denver claimed a 100-96 win on the road in the last matchup on April 5.

The Minnesota Timberwolves clinched their spot in the postseason with a 112-106 overtime victory over Denver in a head-to-head showdown for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The victor moves on to face the Houston Rockets in the first round while the other is done for the season.

The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, the longest ever for a team entering the postseason, winning half of those games with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a facial fracture. This game is different and the home-court advantage with what should be a raucous crowds will only help the Timberwolves.

It seemed as if the Wolves would be defeated again, but Minnesota forward Taj Gibson had other plans.

Timberwolves: Backup center Cole Aldrich, who has logged just 49 minutes all season, was honored before the game with the Flip Saunders Legacy Award for community service in honor of the team's late executive and coach.

The game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 213 points with Minnesota opening as a 3.5-point favorite. Even with Butler's injury, he has done exactly what was asked of him when they reunited him with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and that was to lead this young team into postseason contention.

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The Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th consecutive game, despite resting both Joel Embiid and JJ Redick from the starting line-up, in a 130-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Moreover, the Wolves' inability to guard the three-point line will lead to an early exit. The Timberwolves are 17 in scoring defense as they allow 107.3 points per game.

With the Nuggets and Wolves only one game behind New Orleans, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the victor could receive quite the reward.

In his two games since getting activated, he's scored 33 total points and knocked down 10 of his 18 shot attempts.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves rebounds the ball against Gary Harris and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets last losses came on March 26th and March 27th, the first of which was a 123-104 beatdown by the 76ers followed by a close 114-110 loss to the Raptors. Jokic has averaged 25.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. This was one of his best games of the year and another game is needed like this tonight.

The Grizzlies would match the franchise's worst record (22-60) since the move to Memphis if they lose their final game. This team is very solid and with the return of Butler, they should easily run through this team. Looking ahead, if the Rockets beat the Timberwolves, they will play the victor of the series between Oklahoma City and Utah. The Wolves will play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

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