The NBA Playoffs is a few days away, but the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves are about to partake in a game this Wednesday that comes with the mixed atmosphere of a Game 7 matchup and of a play-in March Madness contest. It’s easy to understand what’s at stake in this game: the winner gets to the playoffs and the loser packs its bag for an early vacation.
Fans of the NBA should also be blessed that they will be witnessing such a rare occurrence in the league. In fact, according to Stats LLC, via Timberwolves play-by-play man Dave Benz, this is just the sixth time in NBA history in which two teams, separated by a game or fewer, are going head to head in a season finale for the right to book a playoff spot.
Tomorrow nights @Timberwolves @nuggets #OneGamePlayoff will be the 6th such game in @NBA history, and the first in 21 years!
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— Dave Benz (@davebenz) April 10, 2018
Coincidentally, the last time such game happened, it also involved the Nuggets, who defeated the Sacramento Kings at home in April of 1995 to send themselves to the playoffs.
The Nuggets kept their win streak and postseason hopes alive by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers at home on Monday, 88-82. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are also coming off a victory, taking down the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-94, on Monday in Minnesota.
Although Denver won the last meeting between the two teams (100-96 on Apr. 5 in Pepsi Center), the Timberwolves have won the other two games against the Nuggets this season. The Nuggets are 6-0 in their last six games and 2-0 in their past two road trips. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have won their last two home games against Denver dating back to January of last year.