Why Timberwolves-Nuggets will be the best NBA game

For one night, an NBA game will resemble an NCAA tournament game.

The stars aligned perfectly so that the final playoff team in the West will be decided by the 82nd game for two teams – whoever wins the matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets will make it to the postseason.

This promises to be the best game of the 2017-18 season. Here’s why:

1. It’s an NCAA tournament game

Did you hear what I said above? MARCH MADNESS IN APRIL, IN THE NBA! If you thought watching college players battle it out in a win-or-go-home contest was the best, just imagine how much of an intense nail-biter this will be.

2. It’s a rarity

Per this tweet from the T-Wolves play-by-play man, it’s just the sixth time this has happened in NBA history. This is the equivalent of a total solar eclipse!

Also, add this in:

3. Their last two games against each other were tight

The Nuggets beat Minny 100-96 just last week and the Timberwolves – led by 12 Jimmy Butler points in the extra session – defeated Denver in overtime back in December.

4. Nikola Jokic vs. Karl-Anthony Towns will be amazing

This is from last season, but it’s a preview of how the two uber-talented big men will go to work against each other both inside the paint and out:

With the Nuggets’ postseason hopes on the line, Jokic has averaged 23.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 8.6 apg (!), 1.4 bpg and 1.8 spg in April.

In four April games, Towns has averaged 21.0 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 bpg and has hit nearly 59 percent of his shots from the floor.

Soooo, yeah. Get your popcorn ready.

5. Jimmy Butler vs. Jamal Murray will also be good

The last time these two met, Butler had a message that appeared to be pointed at Murray:

Mhmmm. We know Murray can sometimes push buttons (see below from a Nuggets win over the Lakers), so maybe we’ll see some of that on Wednesday.

6. The players know how much this game means

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