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1-2 (1-1 V) Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 1-2 (0-2 H)
Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: -105
NBA Betting Odds: Minnesota -3
NBA Betting Total: 209
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The Denver Nuggets have started their season 1-2. They opened up the year with a win over the lowly New Orleans Pelicans, but have dropped two straight to the Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have begun their season 1-2 as well. They opened up the year with two straight losses, one to the Memphis Grizzlies and one to the Sacramento Kings.
They did end up getting a win over Memphis in their most recent outing and now look to make it two victories in a row.
Coming into this contest, the Nuggets are averaging 107.3 points per contest. That number is good enough for 10th in the NBA, but their defense hasn’t been as impressive.
Defensively, Denver is allowing the same amount of points per game as it’s scoring — 107.3. That number is only good enough for 19th.
As good as Denver has been at scoring this season, it’s going to need to get better at creating shots for everybody. The team is just 28th in assists with 17 per game.
Against Minnesota, the Nuggets will have the unenviable task of trying to contain Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns has proven to be one of the best centers in the game with only one full season under his belt, and Denver will be tasked Thursday night with attempting to stop his long-range shooting, prowess at the rim and ability to create shots for his teammates.
How well Denver can contain Towns will have a direct result on the outcome of the contest.
Minnesota has received some bad news in the last couple of days. Starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who is an underrated player on both sides of the floor despite struggling with a broken jump shot, is out indefinitely with an elbow injury.
The Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn in the lottery this past summer, which gave people the opportunity to speculate about Rubio’s future.
Many people expected the Wolves to shop Rubio ahead of the trade deadline with a young floor general behind him, but nobody realistically thought the Providence product would be tossed into the starting lineup this quickly.
With Rubio out, Minnesota will miss having a playmaker and stout defender. But it now has a chance to see how good Dunn can be.
If Dunn can come out and make a name for himself, it could make the decision to trade Rubio down the line an easy one.
Towns is going to have the biggest impact on this game, but keep an eye on how a first-year point guard handles the pressure of leading an offense just four games into his career.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Nuggets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Timberwolves are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Timberwolves are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets are a high-scoring team this season, but they struggle stopping anybody from scoring.
That should be the case against Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: MIN ATS
Give this one to the Timberwolves at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 113 – Denver 105
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