Match Timing: March 13, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Pepsi Center, Denver
The Western Conference of the NBA will see a game being played between Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular season.
Denver Nuggets did not even make the playoffs last year, and currently, are in the second spot in the league table. The progression that the young players have done has come good, and coach Michael Malone has done a hell of a job. The level of consistency displayed by this franchise throughout the season has been impressive, and that is what’s required from a side who is looking to do some damage in the playoffs. They have positioned themselves strongly, and have to rely on their relative inexperience to be successful come post season time.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Timberwolves are in the 10th spot in the Western Conference and are unlikely to return to the playoffs this time out. The season for the franchise started off with some problems, as Jimmy Butler wanted out of the team. He got traded to Philadelphia 76ers and did get some important assets. They still are not the same side who was winning games with ease, like last year. The coach was also let go this season, and apparently, once again the management is looking to rebuild this team.
Regular Season Record-
Denver Nuggets: W-43, L-22
Minnesota Timberwolves: W-32, L-35
Nikola Jokic – He is only 23 years of age and has taken a step in the right direction when it comes to maturity as a basketball player, and was rewarded with his first-ever appearance in the All-Star. He is averaging 20.4 points per game along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists.
Khris Middleton – He has got some innate doggedness in him which makes him a tough operator to go up against in the NBA. He is averaging 18 points per game along with 5 assists.
Taj Gibson – He is someone who raises his game whenever it’s required from the franchise for him lead the team in absence of other players. He is coming off a game where he scored 25 points.
Jeff Teague – He is the chief point guard of this side and he has been a pillar consistency ever since he started playing in the NBA. He is averaging 12 points per game along with 8 assists.
Injured – Trey Lyles has got a problem with his hamstring and is going to be sidelined. Michael Porter Jr too will be out as he is still recovering from his back injuries.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Robert Covington will be out as he is still struggling with his knee. Luol Deng is also going to be missing as he nurses his Achilles.
Questionable – Andrew Wiggins has a niggle with his thigh and Karl Anthony Towns is still unsure of his fitness after suffering a knock on his knee.
Suspended – None.
Denver Nuggets: Will Barton (F), Paul Millsap (F), Nikola Jokic (C), Jamal Murray (G), Gary Harris (G)
Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates Diop (F), Dario Saric (F), Taj Gibson (C), Jeff Teague (G), Josh Okogie (G)
From the bench:
Denver Nuggets: Monte Morris, Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig, Mason Plumlee, Isaiah Thomas, Juan Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt
Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Tolliver, Tyus Jones, Gorgui Dieng, Cameron Reynolds, Derrick Rose, Jerryd Bayless, Jared Terrell, CJ Williams
Denver Nuggets are going to be winning this game and showcase their dominance against a side who is still struggling.