Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Denver Nuggets' addition of Devin Harris proves essential in playoff chase

Nuggets showdown with Timberwolves critical to postseason hopes Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cassandra Gardner | 08 April, 2018, 01:11

Rose, who has missed the Wolves' past five games with a sprained ankle, was active for Sunday's loss to Utah, but was only going to play in case of emergency.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets is guarded by Jeff Teague of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center on April 5, 2018. This would be a crucial move for Minnesota as they would shoot past their first round opponent and deeper into the playoffs with Butler back. Denver ranks 24th in the National Basketball Association in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.6 percent), while the disruptive defense of Minnesota forces the fifth-most turnovers in the league (14.7 percent). The 22-year old power forward continues to shine, scoring at least 26 points in three out of his last four games, and the rookie is now averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. L.A. owns a 20-18 record at the Staples Center, and they are now averaging a solid 108.4 points per game, ranking them 10th in the National Basketball Association. Plumlee recorded six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block.

"Taking everything into consideration, we just thought it was best to wait another day", Thibodeau said after the game, per Timberwolves radio announcer Alan Horton. He went 10-of-22 from the field, for a 45.5% field goal percentage; 2/3 from the line, 1/2 from three-point range.

The Timberwolves rank highly on free throw percentage (#2), turnovers per game (#2) and field goal percentage (#4). When he plays, they have a staggering 7.8 net rating. Jimmy Butler was the game's top overall scorer with 39 points.

At home, Denver is 19-19-1 ATS with 20 overs and 19 unders.

Denver ranks seventh in three pointers attempted per game (30.9) while Minnesota ranks last (22.4). They have been inconsistent defensively, and they are allowing an average of 107.7 points, placing them 18th in the National Basketball Association.

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Denver trailed the Timberwolves late in the third quarter Thursday night when the 35-year-old reserve point guard cashed a 3-pointer.

The Nuggets allow the fewest rebounds per game (41.4) while the Timberwolves rank third (41.6).

Nuggets: Denver plays two of its final three games on the road, including Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

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

Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters in February that Harris was "gonna come in and be able to help us out in these close games". For the season, Minnesota has defeated opponents by an average of 1.9 points.

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