Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020
The Denver Nuggets travel to the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a battle of Western Conference opponents. The Nuggets come in having won their last three games, the most recent win over the Golden State Warriors winning 134-131 in overtime to improve their record to 29-13 on the season. The Timberwolves come in having lost their last three games, the most recent dropping by double digits to the Toronto Raptors to drop their record to 15-27.
The Nuggets come in averaging 111.5 points per game to rank 9th in the NBA in scoring offense. The Nuggets are led by Nikola Jokic who averages team-highs in points, rebounds and assists with 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per contest. Jokic shoots 51% from the field and 80.3% from the free-throw line. Jamal Murray leads the backcourt with 17.6 points while adding 4.6 assists per game.
The Minnesota Timberwolvesscore 111.4 points per game which rank 15th in the NBA. Leading the Timberwolves is all-star Karl Anthony-Towns who 25.9 points per game and 11.2 rebounds. Towns also contribute 4.3 assists per game which trails behind Jeff Teague who leads the team with 6.1 per game. Teague adds 13.2 points per game which ranks 3rd on the team. When Towns is out, the Timberwolves look to Andrew Wiggins to score who comes in averaging 22.6 points per game and adds 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
The Nuggets rank 29th in the NBA in pace and allow 107.4 points per game to rank them 10th in the NBA while the Timberwolves are one of the worst defenses in the NBA this season, allowing 114.7 points per game to rank 25th in the NBA in scoring defense.
The Timberwolves are one of the worst teams ATS this season with a 17-23-2 record and covering just once in their last five games. The Nuggets have struggled this season as well with a 18-20-3 record. The Timberwolves solid offense will push them to a win at home versus the Nuggets. Final score prediction, the Timberwolves win and cover the spread.
ive games, with three 30-point outings over that span while topping more than 40 points twice. The Rockets will need their star-studded backcourt to head the charge in an efficient manner to move past the Nuggets. If that isn’t reached, it should become hard for them to get back on track against a hot team.
The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets.
The team has had some periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and ten consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA. The Nuggets play their home games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).