Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves / NBA – Denver could destroy in one game all what was building throughout bigger part of season as instead to fight for the first place the Nuggets must defend the second from Houston. Last season the Nuggets and Wolves played the last game of the regular season and the game was deciding who goes to the play-off, which were the Wolves.
Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves begins 11.04.2019 at 04:30 CET
First of all, fact that the Wolves dropped from the play-off race a long time and that it has no importance to them ago suits the home team perfectly. Still, it doesn’t mean that the Wolves will surrender in advance and let Denver to effortlessly win. The Nuggets occupy the second place and they made their situation more complicated with defeat by Portland in which coach Malone decided to rest several starters (including Jokic, who didn’t appreciate the move).
We believe that Malone will not do it again and that will face the Wolves with complete team (if Houston doesn’t prevent them with its defeat) in its arena where they won 33 out of 40 games played this season. After many years the Nuggets are again in the play-off but they should avoid to burn from desire, and instead they should focus on each game regardless who would be their opponent in the following round.
Probable lineups Denver Nuggets: Murray, Harris, Barton, Millsap, Jokic
The Wolves team with Butler was such a promise at the beginning of season but something didn’t work and in the end Butler moved to the 76ers and Minnesota started to slide down in the Western Conference table. Was the strength of the conference or something else but despite fact that the Wolves had on paper a very god team they failed to reach the play-off. Towns, Wiggins, Teague, Saric, Rose and others deserve that but they didn’t earn it on the court.
It is to be seen will they make changes in the team this summer (allegedly Wiggins is the first candidate for departure) although even with this team, after it gets better coordinated, the Wolves could be easily candidates for the play-off. They needed several more wins this season to squeeze into first eight placed team and they have to understand they mustn’t allow themselves to lose to weaker teams if they want to qualify for the play-off (e.g. to the Wizards or Hawks).
Probable lineups Minnesota Timberwolves: Harden, Paul, Gordon, Tucker, Capela
Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves PICK
The Nuggets won two out of three games with Minnesota played this season but this could be far more important that previous three. Perhaps several things will become clear before the game and eventually it will lose its importance, but nevertheless we believe the Nuggets should win, especially because of their self-confidence ahead of the play-off.
Pick: Denver -10 points
Odds: 1.91 at 888sport (down to 1.83 can be played)
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