After two lopsided wins over clearly tanking teams — Orlando and Detroit — the Wolves now have just the sixth-worst record in the league. With a 22-47 overall record through 69 games, they have one more win than Orlando, Cleveland and Oklahoma City plus two more than Detroit. Each of those teams either has two or three games left in this 72-game season.
For the last several weeks, the Timberwolves have eschewed maximizing their lottery odds in the name of seeing what they have going into next year. The Wolves wanted to win as much as possible, and they've sacrificed about 12.5% in odds of retaining a top three pick or shipping it to Golden State in order to go 6-3 over their last nine games.
Denver Nuggets (45-24, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (22-47, 13th in the Western Conference) Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup against Minnesota. He currently ranks 10th in the league averaging 26.5 points per game.