Nuggets showdown with Timberwolves critical to postseason hopes

Nuggets showdown with Timberwolves critical to postseason hopes

Nuggets showdown with Timberwolves critical to postseason hopes

Wilson Chandler (C-) 51.21 - Chandler's lost the aggressive edge that he was playing with on the offensive end of the floor a month or two ago and the Nuggets' could have used more offense from him against the Timberwolves.

"It feels like Jimmy's that one piece that helps everybody be where their supposed to be at", Wolves forward Taj Gibson said.

Denver opened as a 5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 226.5 points.

The Timberwolves own a 5-5 record in their last ten games heading into Thursday's game in Denver. Dillon Brooks scored 16 points, Ivan Rabb added 12 and Mario Chalmers and Kobi Simmons had 11 apiece for the Grizzlies.

During their last five games, the Nuggets have scored an average of 115.0 points per game (4.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 118.2 points per game (9.3 above their season average). 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.

Butler executes his elite two-way play better than a majority of his counterparts at the guard position. James ended with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, though he committed eight turnovers. "We talked about it after the game".

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"It's just one of those zones you get into where you just let it fly", Harris said, "and just watch the beauty of it".

"You want to be out there, you want to be helping the team", Towns said.

Brook Lopez (Day To Day - Back): The Lakers have listed Lopez as probable for Friday's game (Apr. 6) against the Timberwolves. I can still put the ball in the basket a little bit and I feel like I'm ready to get out there with my guys.

"Like I said from the beginning", Rose said, "it's all about me making winning plays when I'm out there".

Hornets 137, Magic 100: Buoyed by a huge first quarter and rookie Malik Monk, Charlotte hammered host Orlando as Monk scored a career-high 26 points off the bench and reserve Frank Kaminsky poured in 21 points. Minnesota beat Denver in each of their two previous meetings this season, 128-125 (OT) and 112-104, and now the Nuggets must return the favor to help secure their first playoff berth in half-a-decade. "It's just trying to fit in where I can make an impact". I want to continue to play. They responded to an electric Target Center atmosphere Sunday in Utah with a lackluster effort resulting in a 24-point blowout defeat.

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