Mason Plumlee (C-) 52.76 - Plumlee's 22 minutes were the most he's played in the past nine game and he finished as a plus-one Thursday night.
Hopefully, Denver carries their positive momentum into this key game. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Utah's biggest advantages. 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.
The help defense is going to have to be ready in order to deal with the star duo of Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 30 points in their last game against the pacers.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Denver offense.
Jeff Teague (Day To Day - Knee): The Timberwolves have listed Teague as probable for Friday's game (Apr. 6) against the Lakers. 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. Games featuring the Nuggets have a slight tendency to finish over the total (51.3 percent). Plumlee recorded six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. Minnesota had a rate of 5.5, while Denver posted a mark of 7.9. Jimmy Butler has 41.28 fantasy points per game. They have been inconsistent defensively, and they are allowing an average of 107.7 points, placing them 18th in the National Basketball Association.More news: MMA star McGregor charged with assault
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When reaching 100 points, the Timberwolves are 41-22 and the Nuggets are 37-25. Minnesota is scoring an average of 109.6 points, good for seventh in the National Basketball Association. The team needs work on turnovers per game (#25), defensive rebounds per game (#20) and free throw percentage (#18). As a team, the Timberwolves shot 42 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line but they were bad on the defensive end as they allowed the Jazz to shoot a season-high 60 percent from the field.
The Nuggets average 25.1 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the National Basketball Association.
Raptors 92, Pacers 73: Serge Ibaka scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as Toronto clinched the No. 1 seed in the East with a rout of visiting in as the Raptors held the Pacers to season lows in points and shooting (29.9 percent).
The Nuggets allow the fewest rebounds per game (41.4) while the Timberwolves rank third (41.6).
Denver is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push over their last five games. Paul Millsap has an average of 32.15 fantasy points per game on the season. For the season, Minnesota has defeated opponents by an average of 1.9 points.