Wolves-LA Lakers game recap

Apr 08, 2018, 01:15
Wolves-LA Lakers game recap

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler (knee) is planning to play on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. They will welcome the division rival, Minnesota Timberwolves, into the safe haven which they call the Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets barely beat the Butler-less Timberwolves last night.

"It feels like Jimmy's that one piece that helps everybody be where their supposed to be at", Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. I'm not saying I'm the only reason we're going to make it.

Butler makes a dramatic difference all-around, intangibly and tangibly as the Timberwolves are essentially 13 points better per 100 possessions with him on the floor. The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 5, 2018, and will air on TNT. He finished an acrobatic layup after receiving a lob pass from Teague. "He got to his spots, he scored when he wanted to score".

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Trey Lyles (Inc.) - Lyles only played four minutes, but Denver immediately rattled off an 11-0 run when he entered the game. Brook Lopez scored 18 points, and Ivica Zubac had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Denver is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push over their last five games. Nemanja Bjelica would stand to take the biggest hit after starting in place of Butler while he was out.

The Raptors, who won the season series 3-1, set a franchise record with their 57th victory, passing the 2015-16 team. The Timberwolves trailed 58-51 at halftime.

Butler has averaged 25 points, seven assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in three games against the Lakers this season, all wins for the Timberwolves.

Nikola Jokic is the top fantasy basketball player for the Nuggets with a season average of 43.1 fantasy points per game. He went 11-of-17 from the field, for a 64.7% field goal percentage; 4/6 from the line, 4/6 from three-point range. Kuzma left the game in the third quarter with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return. Minnesota, on the other hand, had only five turnovers. "But all in all, we got the victory as a team".

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"You want to be out there, you want to be helping the team", Towns said. They outscored the Lakers 62-38 and built a 21-point lead. "We're just back to ourselves and playing basketball".

Lopez scored the first 15 points for the Lakers. The Timberwolves have taken the first two matchups. I want to continue to play. "You're seeing so many pick and rolls, and he's very good in catch-and-shoot (defensive) situations, locking and trailing, he knows how to use his size and his strength well". These are all winnable matchups, of course, but they are just coming off a loss to Denver. "I thought Brook did a really nice job kind of going blow-by-blow with them on the offensive side".

After the loss to Memphis, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau lamented Rose's absence, particularly as the Grizzlies' three-guard lineup shredded Minnesota's haphazard defense.

In the Timberwolves' last outing, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Utah Jazz, 121-97.

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