Author: Drew Knuppel

Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Prediction

Nuggets and Trail Blazers Battle It Out For Western Conference Seeding Placements
The Nuggets will travel to Portland for their final regular-season game of the year. The Nuggets are 47-24 this year, and the Blazers are 41-30. This game will affect the seeding for these two teams tremendously.
If the Nuggets win this game, they will be placed to the third seed, which would be a first-round matchup potentially against the Lakers because it would knock back the Blazers to the 7th seed. If they were really concerned about who they faced, Mike Malone and staff would consider resting his stars Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr.
If the Trail Blazers are able to win this game, they would secure the 6th seed in the West and avoid the play-in tournament. The Blazers will have all hands on deck to try and stop the soon-to-be MVP Jokic and this Nuggets team.
Denver Nuggets Will Be Difficult to Beat
The Nuggets are on a 3 game win streak right now and show no signs of slowing down. The offense has been led by Nikola Jokic’s incredible all-around arsenal and Michael Porter Jr.’s ascent to becoming a star in this league.
Denver is tied for first in the league in assists per game and is fourth in overall field goal percentage. Both of these categories prove that the Joker’s MVP season is legit. Plus, the Nuggets are winning at a high rate, even without star point guard Jamal Murray.
Against the Pistons on Friday night, Jokic was able to drop a huge triple-double in just 26 minutes of action. His insane stat line was 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists. Markus Howard was able to add 20 points. Michael Porter Jr. had an off night, shooting 3-14 from the field, but will look to bounce back tonight if he plays.
As stated above, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nuggets opt to rest their star players. The only way I could see Nikola Jokic play is because he has played every game as of yet, which helps out his MVP case. Nevertheless, look for whoever plays for the Nuggets to play tough and unselfish to maintain momentum into the postseason.
The Trail Blazers Fight Against the Play In Once More
It seems like this has been the theme for this talented Blazers team the past 10 or so games. Avoid the play-in! And Terry Stots’s guys will be able to follow through if they’re able to get past Denver tonight.
Portland is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Devin Booker was able to sink two free throws and put them up by 1, leaving the Blazers to throw up a prayer with 2 seconds left. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were both individually spectacular in this game.
As mentioned, Damian Lilliard dropped 41 points on 16-23 from the field, and CJ McCollum added in 27 points. The Blazers have won 8 of their last 10 and are playing great to end the year. If they’re able […]

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Warriors vs Grizzlies Prediction

The Biggest Game of the Year For the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies
The regular season is coming to an end on Sunday, as all 30 teams in the NBA will play their final game. The Warriors just so happen to face off against the Grizzlies to end the season. Both teams own a record of 38-33, and the Grizzlies have the tiebreaker currently against the Warriors.
Whoever wins this game will claim the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, which is very significant. Whoever receives the 8th seed will have two chances to win one game, and whoever gets the 9th seed will have to win two games in a row. There are very high stakes on Sunday afternoon.
For the Warriors, Coach Kerr quoted, “In effect, tomorrow is a playoff game.” Both teams have been playing consistent offense and defense all year. It would be heartbreaking for either team to miss out on the playoffs this year.
Each team was able to rest their star players in anticipation of this game. The play-in starts on Tuesday, but the playoffs have already started for these two sizzling teams.
The Grizzlies Have Been Red-Hot at the Right Time
The Memphis Grizzlies have won their past 5 matchups and are looking for the 6th in a row against the Dubs. Even though the past two matchups have been against the depleted Kings, they have still been impressive in the wins.
The last game with all of their traditional starters was on Thursday night. Ja Morant recorded a near triple-double with 12 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Dillon Brooks was able to drop 30 points and lead the Grizzlies. Jonas Valanchiunas recorded a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jaren Jackson is still getting into his full form after missing the majority of the season.
The Grizzlies are 1-1 against the Warriors this year, but 2-time MVP Steph Curry was unavailable in both matchups. The Grizzlies have a lot at stake in this game and will use all the energy they have in the final regular-season matchup of the season.
The Warriors Also On A Tear To End the Regular Season
Golden State has also won 5 in a row and is becoming one of the scariest threats heading to the playoffs. Steph Curry and Draymond Green will lead this young team into the play-in tournament, and they are both ecstatic to do so.
Tuesday night’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns was the last time we saw the normal starters for the Warriors. Andrew Wiggins could not be stopped, scoring 38 points on 17-24 from the field. Draymond Green recorded a triple-double consisting of 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Steph Curry has been in a shooting slump, going 4-24 from three the past two games. The Warriors have still found a way to win even though their star player has struggled. Steph Curry is also looking to win the scoring title as he currently leads the way with 31.8 points to Bradley Beal’s 31.4 points.
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Twins vs Athletics Prediction

The Troubled Twins Duel the Surging Athletics
The Twins will host the second game against the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series. Minnesota has been off to a dreadful start with a losing record of 12-24. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 24-16 on the year and hold the number 1 spot in the AL West.
This matchup will be held in Minnesota, where it will be about 64 degrees outside and one mile per hour winds. It will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1 at 4:05 P.M. on Saturday evening.
The Athletics have been extremely good on the road this year, winning 11 games versus losing 5. The Twins have been equally bad this year at home and on the road. They are 6-12 in both circumstances.
The Minnesota Twins will search for answers in hopes of ending their 5 game losing skid. The Athletics will continue to play fundamental baseball and try to secure their sixth win in 8 games. Cole Irvin is taking the mound for the A’s, and Jose Berrios will be pitching for the Twins.
The Twins Need To Find Different Ways to Win
When you look at the Twins batting order and pitching staff on the stat sheet, you would probably guess they have a winning record. Surprisingly, you would be incorrect. The Twins have been in a drought all year long and have the talent and pieces to work with, but haven’t been able to pull out many victories.
They are currently 12-24, good for last in the AL Central. On offense, the Twins are exactly 9th in the MLB in runs, hits, average, and home runs. That is in the top third percent of the entire majors, but they haven’t been able to produce their runs at the right time.
The pitching staff has been subpar this year, ranking in the bottom half of all major statistical categories. Jose Berrios will be throwing tonight, as he has had a decent season with a 3.49 ERA and a 3-2 record. The righty was able to throw six hitless innings back in the beginning of April.
As for the offense, the Twins have been pretty consistent overall. Last night, Josh Donaldson blasted a solo bomb for the Twins only run of the night. So far, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano have been the rough spots for the twins, each batting .200 or below.
Nelson Cruz has been solid with an average of .286 and 9 home runs. First baseman Wellington Astudillo has been hitting .316 this season and has been a pleasant surprise. The Twins will continue to be without star player Byron Buxton tonight as he waits on the 10-day injured list with a hip strain.
The Athletics Continue to Play Great Overall Baseball
The Oakland Athletics always seem to be a surprise to me every year. They are always able to be at the top of the standings, even without any big names rostered. The A’s are 6-4 in their last 10 and have played solid, steady baseball.
Against the Twins Friday night, they smashed 4 […]

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