The Timberwolves lead the season series 3-0.
The Raptors, who won the season series 3-1, set a franchise record with their 57th victory, passing the 2015-16 team. To close the season, they get the Lakers, Grizzlies and Nuggets. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 30 points in their last game against the pacers. Andrew Wiggins played well in the T-Wolves rough 121-97 loss to Utah on Sunday, collecting 23 points and six rebounds.
MarShon Brooks had 23 points and eight rebounds in just his fourth game with Memphis. Jimmy Butler was the game's top overall scorer with 39 points. He was just 3-12 from the field last night but his veteran savvy and leadership continues to be valuable to the Nuggets.
Denver's 107-104 victory against the Pacers on Tuesday, its third-consecutive win, momentarily put the Nuggets (43-35) a half-game behind New Orleans (43-34) for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Minnesota is scoring an average of 109.6 points, good for seventh in the National Basketball Association. "Ain't no coach in the world that can make somebody want it", Butler said (ESPN). The Lakers shot a stellar 54.7% from the field, and limited the Spurs to a 43% shooting performance. In 38 minutes, Jokic's stat line came out to 30 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block and 4 threes with 4 turnovers. 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. Minnesota had a rate of 5.5, while Denver posted a mark of 7.9. He finished with a team-high 22 points and hit a couple momentum-turning shots including a big pull-up three in transition to spark Denver's offense. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are both questionable for this one. As for the Nuggets, they are now in ninth place in the West, and boast a record of 43-35. They are allowing an average of 109.7 points, placing them down at 27th in the National Basketball Association.
I am taking the Timberwolves in this one.
According to Stein, Butler will undergo testing during pregame warmups Friday before getting the green light to play.
BC-BKN-Timberwolves-Lakers, 1st Ld-Writethru, 808 Butler returns as Wolves beat Lakers 113-96AP Photo LAS510, LAS509, LAS506, LAS505, LAS507Eds: Timberwolves 113, Lakers 96. All five starters scored in double figures. The Lakers have looked good offensively in their last two games, and the over has converted in nine of the last 11 meetings between these two teams.