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A Game 7 Timberwolves win vs. Nuggets would defy historical odds

Christopher Vondracek, Star Tribune on

Published in Basketball

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves brought joy back to fans in Game 6 on Thursday night.

They returned to blocking shots, agitating Jamal Murray and winning by a "Space Jam" amount of points.

Many Minnesota sports fans are now left wondering: can they do it again?

The stats are sending mixed signals.

Game 7 home-court advantage

Over the last 20 years, there have been 60 playoff series that made it to the win-or-go-home Game 7 (excluding the 2020 pandemic season, when all NBA playoff games were played in a bio-secure bubble at Walt Disney World).

 

Of those games, 70% were won by the home team.

Sunday's Game 7 will be played at Denver's Ball Arena.

But what about momentum?

Here, the numbers are slightly more optimistic for the Wolves, the team that won Game 6. Since 2004, the winner of Game 6 pulls out a victory in the final game of the series about 47% of the time.

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