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(18-13) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets (16-14)
Date: Wednesday December 20
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Minnesota +120 / Denver -140
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -2
NBA Betting Total: 216
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The Timberwolves won by a point against the Trail Blazers on Monday to remain atop the Western Conference’s Northwest Division.
While there may not be any title contenders among the bunch, not every division has a team that can win it all. It is, however, the most balanced and competitive division, top to bottom, in the NBA. Utah is an above-average team in last place.
The Jazz are just one spot out of the playoffs in the West, while the other four teams in the division take up the four, five, six and seven seeds.
Minnesota has been healthy so far but it’s hard to imagine that remaining the case the way Thibs has been running his starters into the ground. He pretty much goes with a seven-man rotation in his traditional way of thinking.
And while it may even hold up for the entire season because his guys are relatively young, it is just tough to watch when you consider this franchise should have a bright future, at least based on the talent it has assembled.
This is the first meeting between these two teams with three more to come. If the Thunder doesn’t figure it out, it will probably be these two teams competing for the division crown so this is an important game, however much it’s in December.
The Nugget got Nikola Jokic back two games ago. He’s come off the bench in the last two since returning from a sprained ankle that kept him out for a couple weeks and he’s played 20-25 minutes quite effectively.
This could be the game Mike Malone throws him back into the starting lineup, but I’m just speculating.
Of course, his front court mate Paul Millsap is still out for a couple of months at the least. Denver will have to press on without their big free agent signing of the offseason.
So far it’s been ok. Denver got a few road wins, albeit against cupcakes. But it’s still better than what the Nuggets had been doing earlier this season. Now, the Nuggets return to the Pepsi Center, where they haven’t lost since early November when the Warriors came to town.
Gary Harris stepped up in Jokic’s absence to carry the team. But he’s averaged over 37 minutes per game in December, including some 45+ minute games that have taken their toll.
He took a hard spill on Monday in the Nuggets’ one-point loss in Oklahoma City. He avoided a concussion but knocked his elbow pretty hard on the court.
He sat out yesterday’s practice with a contusion but the Nuggets sound confident that he’ll be available to play in this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-2 in MIN last 11 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-3 in MIN last 10 overall.
- Over is 7-3 in MIN last 10 Wed. games.
- Under is 10-1 in DEN last 11 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
- Head to Head: Road team is 36-14-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings.
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction: the Nuggets win!
Denver is really good at home and the number doesn’t seem to be taking that fact seriously enough. Jokic will be back to just about regular minutes. As long as Harris plays, Denver should be able to outlast a Timberwolves team that may not like the extra altitude with their short rotation.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Denver -2
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 106 – Denver 114
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