Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-6-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets is guarded by Jeff Teague of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center on April 5, 2018.

"It feels like Jimmy's that one piece that helps everybody be where their supposed to be at", Wolves forward Taj Gibson said.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be aiming for the season series sweep after defeating the Lakers in the first three meetings.

Hopefully, Denver carries their positive momentum into this key game. He was just 3-12 from the field last night but his veteran savvy and leadership continues to be valuable to the Nuggets. The 25-year old shooting guard has scored at least 16 points in three consecutive games, and he stands fifth in team scoring with 13.9 points on a 43% field goal efficiency.

Josh Hart had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Julius Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the fourth time in the past five games. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 42 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line but they were awful on the defensive end as they allowed the Jazz to shoot a season-high 60 percent from the field.

Butler played 22 ½ minutes and was 7 for 10 from the field in his first game since getting hurt against Houston on February 23.

Lakers: Channing Frye was assessed a flagrant 1 foul in the opening minutes of the second quarter. In 38 minutes, Jokic's stat line came out to 30 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block and 4 threes with 4 turnovers.

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Defense hasn't been Rose's calling card, but his performance on that end was hard to miss toward the end of his five-game opening act in Minnesota.

"Taking everything into consideration, we just thought it was best to wait another day", Thibodeau said after the game, per Timberwolves radio announcer Alan Horton. "We talked about it after the game". We want to consistently be a good team.

"We've just got to get tougher". "Second half, I feel like we got into them more, we were the aggressor and we got out there on the boards also". The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 225, 84.4% have picked the under. The Timberwolves have taken the first two matchups.

"It didn't happen very quickly and I still don't know if it's necessarily happened", Harris said.

Walton said he liked the way Lopez started the game.

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

Timberwolves: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.