The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet for the second time in two days, and the last time this season. The Nuggets lost as they rested their main guys last time, so they’ll look to get a win back.
Catch the game tomorrow at 10:00 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Denver Nuggets (37-17, 25-4 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- Jamal Murray (Probable)
- Bruce Brown
- Michael Porter Jr.
- Aaron Gordon (Probable)
- Nikola Jokic (Probable)
The top-seeded Nuggets chose to rest Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, among others, in Sunday’s meeting with the Timberwolves, where they got beat up, 128-98 (it was Day 2 of a back-to-back). Now back home, expect the duo to play and avoid losing the season series.
Tomorrow will be the fourth and final time they meet with Minny this season. Jokic has appeared in two of the three meetings, averaging 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 11.0 assists on 55.5% shooting. Murray is right there with him at 21.0 points on a 53.3% clip.
The supporting cast looks good too, with Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Bones Hyland, Bruce Brown, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (day-to-day) all putting up double-digit scoring averages in the series.
The Nuggets are scoring 120.5 PPG over their last four, and they are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss.
AWAY: Minnesota Timberwolves (29-27, 9-15 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- D’Angelo Russell
- Anthony Edwards
- Kyle Anderson (questionable)
- Jaden McDaniels
- Rudy Gobert (questionable)
The Timberwolves enjoyed dominating the undermanned Nuggets on Sunday. It was an all-around effort too as the team collectively shot 55.2%, six players scored in double figures, and their defense forced 21 turnovers. Regardless of Denver’s status, it was good win to have.
Anthony Edwards will continue progressing and leading the charge. The 2020 first overall pick is filling the stat sheet with 30.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks over his last nine games. He and the T’Wolves have a chance to steal a season series against one of the conference’s top teams so look for him to put up such numbers.
Point guard D’Angelo Russell in a nice stretch as well, with 22.7 points and 6.4 assists in his last 10, including a 44.7% clip from beyond the arc. Rudy Gobert, if he plays, will look to be more effective as he only has 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in two meetings.
The T’Wolves are 5-2 in their last seven games while averaging 116.7 PPG. They are also and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games overall.
Handicap: The Nuggets (-8) split the season series and cover the spread.
Over/Under: Under 235.5 looks good.