Ball Arena will host a pivotal game between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
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The Denver Nuggets must have been disappointed that they were unable to complete the sweep on Sunday night in order to get some rest, as they now look to wrap things off on Tuesday night.
Denver has a 36-7 record at home this season, including a pair of wins to begin this series.
Minnesota has shown to be challenging at times, but with such a short turnaround leading up to this game, Denver has little reason to be concerned. A loss in this one will surely affect the course of this series, and Denver must ensure that they finish the job while they have the opportunity.
In Sunday’s 114-108 overtime loss to the Timberwolves, Nikola Jokic ended with 43 points (15-26 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
Jokic gave it his all to finish the sweep against Minnesota, but his best scoring performance of the series was insufficient.
Jokic shot 57.6 percent on 26 attempts, and his 43 points tied his season high.
This season’s success for the Nuggets has been credited in part to their ability to stay healthy.
Collin Gillespie (leg) is out for this game, so they have one injury to worry about. The Nuggets should be fine without him because he is not a key player on this team.
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The Timberwolves won their final game of the weekend, but they’ll have to work hard if they want to play again in Minnesota.
They head to Denver behind 3-1 and lose the first two games of the series. This season, they have a losing record on the road, which isn’t encouraging, especially against one of the NBA’s best home teams.
Rudy Gobert concluded Games 4 with 14 points (7-14 FG), 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks.
Gobert played nearly 40 minutes in the overtime win, recording his second straight double-double against Denver.
It’s difficult to collect 15 rebounds against Nikola Jokic, but Gobert got four more than the MVP candidate and was crucial in keeping the Timberwolves’ playoff hopes alive.
Anthony Edwards, meanwhile, finished with 34 points (12-27 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals.
Edwards made plays all over the floor to keep the series with Denver alive, and he scored 16 points in the third quarter to put the Timberwolves back in the game.
The 21-year-old dynamo also contributed on defense, grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots. Edwards’ total of blocks was equal to his second-best performance in the category this season.
The Wolves understand that a win on Tuesday night would set the tone for a return home, but no one has ever come back from a three-game deficit, so the next four days will be challenging.
Injuries have been piling up for this club in recent weeks, and it may be too much for them to overcome in this one. Naz Reid (wrist), Jaden McDaniels (hand), and Kyle Anderson (eye) have yet to participate in this series and have been ruled out. Jaylen Nowell (knee) is questionable, putting Minnesota’s depth to the test.