They are on a two-game losing streak and have lost 6 of their previous 10.
Butler hasn't played since injuring his right knee in Minnesota's 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on February 23. He returns tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. As for the Nuggets, they are now in ninth place in the West, and boast a record of 43-35.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, April 6, 2018.
The Timberwolves took a 96-76 lead on a jump shot by Jamal Crawford. Brook Lopez scored 18 points, and Ivica Zubac had 14 points and nine rebounds.
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Gorgui Dieng's basket gave Minnesota an 80-68 lead late in the quarter before the Lakers scored the final five points. The Wolves host Memphis on Sunday and then host Denver on Wednesday in the regular-season finale, which could be an elimination game. He scored 17 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (18 points, 10 boards) recorded double-doubles. Two days later, he underwent meniscus surgery.
The Lakers' roster might be severely limited over the final stretch of the season. But now they are only holding on via tiebreaker over Denver with 3 games remaining.
"It's important for them that they do everything they can to get back", he said. "But all in all, we got the victory as a team".