In the final game before the All-Star Break, the Nuggets host the Minnesota Timberwolves here in the Pepsi Center. Tonight’s game comes just two nights after a huge home win against the Golden State Warriors.
In our last meeting back on January 23rd, the Nuggets fell to the Timberwolves in a close, heartbreaking 111-108 loss.
Denver was led by Gary Harris‘ 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Trailing behind Gary was Nikola Jokic with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists and then Danilo Gallinari with 14 points, 6 boards, and 4 dimes.
In our last meeting, the Nuggets shot 51.2% from the field, making 42/82. We also shot 29.2% from three-point land and 81% from the free throw line. We had 47 rebounds, 26 assists, 6 steals, and 7 blocks. We also had 18 turnovers in that game. 50 of our points came from within the paint and we had just 7 fast break points.
The Timberwolves shot 52.9% from the field and 40% from downtown, making 6/15 from beyond the arc. The TWolves shot 71.4% from the charity stripe and had 43 rebounds to accompany their 29 assists, 11 steals, and 8 blocks. Minnesota had 15 turnovers. They also had 52 of their points in the paint and got 16 fast break points.
The newest Denver Nugget, Mason Plumlee, will be making his Nuggets debut tonight. Through 54 games this season, Plumlee is averaging 11.1 points per game, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 28.1 minutes.
Following Monday night’s win against Golden State, the Nuggets continue their firm hold on the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers, who took a loss to Atlanta in OT on Monday, are now two games behind the Nuggets.
We are currently 15-12 at home while Minnesota is 7-17 on the road this season, giving us the advantage to top off the regular season series 3-1.
Nuggets Stats: Timberwolves Stats:
FG%: 46.2 FG%: 46.4
RPG: 46.7 RPG: 42.4
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 4-6
- Mason Plumlee will be making his Nuggets debut against Minnesota. While it’s unknown how many minutes he will play, he needs to do his best to keep the offense flowing while Nikola Jokic is sitting.
- Like Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best young big men in the league. He always plays well against the Nuggets and whoever wins the matchup between the two will give their team the advantage.
- Last matchup against Minnesota, the Nuggets surrendered a 4th quarter lead. As it always is, execution down the stretch is vital for the success of the Nuggets.
Wilson Chandler (illness) questionable
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) questionable
Darrell Arthur (knee) out
Kenneth Faried (ankle) out
Danilo Gallinari (groin) out
Lance Stephenson (ankle) questionable
**TIPOFF IS AT 7:00 PM MST**