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2021 NBA Handicapping
(2-4) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets (2-4)
Date: Tuesday, January 5th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Timberwolves +12 | Nuggets -12
NBA Betting Total: 228
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The NBA ushers in Tuesday, January 5th with the Minnesota Timberwolves facing the Denver Nuggets for the second game in three days. In the first meeting on Sunday, the Nuggets won 124-109. It was their ninth consecutive win over the Wolves.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Nuggets sweeping the season series. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having won 82 matches of the 131 played.
The Timberwolves are missing their superstar Karl-Anthony Towns whose absence is making it difficult for the team to string together any cohesion on either side of the hardwood.
In the first game of two against the Nuggets, Malik Beasley led the way with 25 points. He was joined by Jarrett Culver who scored 20 points with six rebounds and D’Angelo Russell who pitched in with 18 points and seven assists.
Naz Reid was the only reserve to reach double-figures with 13 points while six other Wolves scored five or more points.
Josh Okogie (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Tuesday while Karl-Anthony Towns (dislocated wrist) and Jaylen Nowell (ankle) are out with no definitive return date.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Nuggets who’ve had to navigate injuries to their core missing Jamal Murray for a game and Michael Porter Jr. in the last two contests.
Facing the Wolves they were able to take advantage of an opponent who is equally mired by the injury to Towns.
The Nuggets won three of four quarters punctuated by a 41 point fourth-quarter outburst. Murray who began the season searching for his rhythm and shooting stroke dropped 36 points on the Wolves to lead the way for his Denver crew.
In six games Nikola Jokic has served up four triple-doubles and in the two he didn’t hit that benchmark he was only one rebound shy. Versus the Wolves, he added his fourth trip-dub of the season with 19 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds.
Four other Nuggets registered double-figure scores including Facundo Campazzo (15), JaMychal Green (14), Paul Millsap (12), and Monte Morris (11).
Michael Porter Jr. missed the last two games undergoing the NBA health and safety protocols and is questionable to play Tuesday while Greg Whittington has a left knee sprain that will keep him out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in MIN last 8 overall.
- Over is 8-1 in DEN last 9 overall.
- Road team is 41-10-1 ATS in the last 52 meetings.
- MIN are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Denver.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
Without Towns, the Wolves are struggling and have seemingly abandoned the early promise of a commitment to defense.
The addition of JaMychal Green offered a lift to the Nuggets who’ve missed Jerami Grant especially defensively and once Porter Jr. can return to the lineup Mike Malone should be able to finally get his team functioning with more consistency on both sides of the court.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets -12
Although many of these consecutive games against the same teams have resulted in split decisions the Nuggets are desperate to get their record back on track and with Minnesota letting teams score with wild abandon a second high-scoring affair seems likely even with such a high spread.
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